José Santos Woss
Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity
José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. He co-Chairs the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.
Prior to joining FCNL, José was the Policy Fellow for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) bringing Quaker values to a busy policy portfolio consisting of criminal justice reform, human rights, and peacebuilding research. His passion for racial justice led him to help lead a coalition advocating for the human rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent facing statelessness. Before joining the Quaker community he lobbied on public health and appropriations for a large international law firm. A D.C. resident since 2011, José started his career in public policy working in the United States Senate. While working for Senator Menendez Jose built a robust understanding of public policy, legislative process, and effectively communicating policy/politics to constituents.
Before his time in the Senate, Jose was a social worker for HIV-positive clients in New York City. While attending Montclair State University and right after graduating he served as an AmeriCorps member in a community-based, immigrant-serving nonprofit helping recently-arrived African refugees in New Jersey. He also provided French interpretation and translation services for Survivors of Torture counseling and asylum legal proceedings. José’s national service and time as a social worker illustrated the ways society and institutions are built to leave so many people behind. This changed his life, and he became firmly committed to improving the country that gave his family of immigrants so much.
Jose is a proud son of immigrants who’s passionate about political process, public service, and social justice. In his free time he is studying for a Master of Public Administration at American University, tweeting too much, biking when the weather agrees, and reading everything he can!