An advocate for children & families, social entrepreneur, and elected official, Joe Luginbill brings an unrelenting focus to everything he does.
A recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Joe places a high priority on giving back to his community. Upon his election to the Eau Claire School Board in 2015, Joe became the youngest elected official in Eau Claire history. Joe also became the school board's first openly gay member and the youngest openly-LGBTQ elected official in Wisconsin history. In 2018, Joe was re-elected as the top vote-getter amidst a crowded field of seven candidates. Joe became the President of the School Board in May 2018. He is a proven leader who sparks dialogue, builds coalitions, and enacts meaningful change.
Joe’s public service is recognized by his community, where he has been named as the Chippewa Valley’s favorite elected official and a favorite community advocate in the VolumeOne Reader Poll. As a board member, Joe has helped to author over 130 policies and resolutions since his election. Joe is a voting delegate to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and a member of the statewide Policy and Resolutions Committee. Luginbill currently serves as a member of the United Way Education Advisory Council, Co-Chair of Kids First Eau Claire, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Strong Communities, and as the Chair of the countywide Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. He is also an inducted member of the National Young Elected Officials Network. Joe is the author of "A Path Forward for Children & Families: 65 policy proposals for Wisconsin’s future."
Joe has worked as a case manager and program director serving migrant children and families in 23 Wisconsin counties, and has served as a child welfare caseworker within the circuit court and human services systems. Luginbill also serves as the Executive Director of the Eau Claire Coalition for Youth and is a certified children and family prayer chaplain through Light and Love Ministries. In 2016, Joe founded the Luginbill Children’s Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that administers scholarship and support programs serving children and families. Joe also spearheaded efforts to ban conversion therapy in Eau Claire and is the founder of OKtoBeYou.org, a resource site for LGBTQ youth in Wisconsin.
Joe has been an advocate for children and families on the statewide, national and global level. In 2016, Joe was named as a Social Good Fellow for the United Nations. He is also an inducted member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). In 2018, Joe was elected to the United States Council of Organizations for the United Nations. He currently chairs the U.S. Education Advisory Committee in that capacity. Joe also serves as a Child Protection Advocate with UNICEF USA.
Joe is the proud son of two music teachers, the oldest of four siblings, and a product of the Eau Claire Area School District. Joe’s education includes North High School and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Sociology BA major and Family Studies minor). Joe is a certified Child Welfare Caseworker through the UW-Madison School of Social Work and Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System. Joe also holds professional certifications in Ethics and Boundaries from UW-River Falls, Hazard Communication from OSHA, Public Information from FEMA, and Organizational Sustainability from the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center.
Since 2012, Joe has been a familiar and trustworthy face for families and brands. Joe hosts cooking and lifestyle content and has worked in a brand ambassador capacity for a number of food and nutrition companies. Joe’s work has been featured online and in retail locations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Pushpage, Recipe Class, B.A.K., Celebrity Chef Network, My Alli®, Recipes Tutor, Silver Spring Foods and Mega Foods. Joe was the host of a radio program “The Joe Luginbill Show” that aired through BlogTalk Radio and also lent his voice as the main character in a children’s educational computer game, The Adventures of Captain Ion and Woody, which has been distributed in China to teach English to primary students.
In his free time, Joe enjoys volunteering for youth-serving organizations, spending time outdoors, testing new recipes and writing short stories. Joe plans to continue his work as an advocate for children and families in all the ways that he can.