About Joel Jacinto

Joel Jacinto, Commissioner for the Board of Public WorksImmersed in the nonprofit field for close a quarter century, Joel Jacinto brings to the Board of Public Works Commission extensive experience in working with youth, families, businesses and communities.

Since 1991, Jacinto served as executive director of Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), a community-based organization empowering youth, families and businesses through health and human services, community economic development and a community center that serves as a place for collaboration and community engagement. 

Throughout his career, Jacinto has been active in networks and coalitions that advocate for diverse communities, especially underserved and low to moderate income populations.  On behalf of SIPA, Jacinto was active in the process that resulted in the designation of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, as well as the subsequent streetscape, tree planting and street imprinting improvement projects that followed.  He was awarded the Lifetime/Community Achievement by the Greenlining Institute, a public policy, research, and advocacy non-profit organization.

In 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Jacinto to serve on the Affordable Housing Commission.

Complementing his work in social services, Jacinto is a long-time arts and cultural practitioner, having co-founded in 1990, a Filipino folk and traditional arts organization, Kayamanan Ng Lahi. He is a founding board member of the Alliance for California Traditional Artists (ACTA), which provides advocacy, grants, and other resources for folk and traditional artists in California to preserve the health and longevity of California’s cultural landscape.

Hailing from San Francisco, Jacinto attended UCLA and received his degree in Kinesiology.  He also completed post-graduate coursework in Public Health at the University of Hawaii Manoa and Applied Anthropology at California State University Long Beach.  Jacinto resides in Los Angeles with his spouse, Ave, and two sons, Kai and Keianu.