The SPIN Academy Speakers
Jesús Canchola Sánchez
At 7 years old, Jesús had his first short story published in his Chicago school paper. He is a first generation son of Mexican immigrant parents who believes storytelling is at the core of how we can achieve positive change in the world. He has worked for GLAAD advocating for LGBT equality through media advocacy, as a television producer (Las Comadres con Gloria B and In The Life) engaging audiences with meaningful content, and as an educator working with advocates on enhancing their communications skills. While at The Opportunity Agenda he led field training on messaging and media communications with immigration and border advocates across the United States. Jesús’s short story Pregnant Boy was published in the book From Macho to Mariposa, his short documentary Cuban Colors was screened at the 6th Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest, and his writing has appeared in outlets like AlterNet, Clearinghouse Review and La Opinión. He’s currently Senior Director of Member Engagement at Amnesty International USA, where he directs member engagement initiatives including member communications strategy, outreach, and field training on messaging and media communications for allies in the human rights field around the country.