Joey Borgogna | Director
Joey Borgogna is a Los Angeles-based social entrepreneur and arts/media/experience producer.
He works alongside artists, philanthropists and cultural influencers to create story-driven collaborations that bring connection, joy and activation to the human spirit. His work is at the intersection of art and philanthropy, culture and community.
As Director of the Speranza Foundation, he is responsible for overseeing grants and developing creative and strategic collaborations with artists, philanthropists, influencers and humanitarians whose work is inspiring and restoring humanity. He fosters diverse and meaningful connections that create deeper leverage of Speranza resources and broader platforms of distribution, outreach and support for non-profit organizations and individual artists.
Joey also produces immersive, multi-sensory retreat experiences rooted in nature, art, play and community with the Nomadic School of Wonder. These hand-crafted and curated “Adventures in Awe and Wonder” provide inspiring new platforms for shared experience between story-tellers, cultural influencers and artists.
Over his 15 year tenure as Executive Director of the Creative Activist Program (CAP) at LA’s preeminent hub for Creative Activism, Creative Visions Foundation, Joey oversaw the development and management of over 200 media and arts projects, productions and impact campaigns on 5 continents. He managed projects addressing issues related to the environment, education, human trafficking and poverty, including: Landfill Harmonic (as featured on 60 Minutes), HAPPY, Directed by Oscar-nominated Director, Roko Belic, Food Chains, Executive Produced by Eva Longoria, Living on One Dollar, in partnership with Whole Planet Foundation and many more. Joey also worked alongside grass-root storytellers to create pro-social content creation and impact campaigns, art festivals, photography exhibits, interactive fundraising events and curated conversations with reputable non-profit organizations from around the world and entertainment moguls and cultural influencers like Kathy Eldon (The Journey is the Destination), Gary Ross (Hunger Games), Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura), Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise), Kweku Mandela (Bang Bang Club).
Joey began his career in the entertainment industry and spent 7 years as an Agent at Light/Wilhelmina Talent Agency representing over 300 talent for commercial, print and new media. As an actor and producer he has contributed to numerous theatre, film and commercial projects. He currently teaches empathy to actors at the Imagined Life Studio in Los Angeles.
He is Co-Founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, has served as Delegate to the United Nations Global Accelerator, Leadership Specialist at Cali Camp, Ambassador to One Legacy: Donate Life, and as a Mentor at USC Annenberg School for Communications.
Joey studied at the University of Southern California where he received his BA in Communications with an emphasis in Entertainment and Media, and minored in Theatre. He has presented at Harvard University, University of Oklahoma, Davidson College, Santa Monica College, University of Southern California, Hostelling USA and The Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in Malibu.
A lifelong traveler, Joey is inspired by a number of humanitarian and cultural expeditions spanning 21 countries on 5 continents. His favorite adventure is being husband to Lauren, and dad to Siena.