About Justin

Justin Chapman is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, poet, musician, and politician. He was the youngest elected member of the Altadena Town Council at age 19 and founded and chaired its Education Committee. He currently serves as the Communications Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He received a Master's in Public Diplomacy from USC in 2018 and a Bachelor's in Mass Communications/Media Studies from UC Berkeley in 2009. At USC, he served as the editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine and as a staff writer at the Daily Trojan. He has written for more than 20 print and digital publications, frequently for the Pasadena Weekly and Pasadena Now. His book about his travels through Africa, Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia, was published by Rare Bird Books in January 2015. He is the host, producer, and editor of the show "Well Read with Justin Chapman," which airs on Pasadena Media’s TV channel and streaming app.

He also serves on the West Pasadena Residents' Association (WPRA) Advisory Board and Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison's Advisory Group. He previously served as president of MEMAH, as secretary of the WPRA, as secretary of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, and as a member of the UN Association Pasadena Chapter's Communications Committee, LA Press Club, and LA World Affairs Council. He was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the city of Pasadena's Northwest Commission from 2015-16.

As a professional child actor, he performed in dozens of movies, commercials, TV shows, and plays.


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