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Justin Chapman is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, poet, musician, and politician. He is currently the Digital Content Writer & Editor at Michelson Philanthropies. He most recently served as the Communications Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Justin was the youngest elected official in LA County as a member of the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications/Media Studies and from USC in 2018 with a Master's degree in Public Diplomacy. At USC, he served as editor-in-chief and design/layout editor of Public Diplomacy Magazine and as staff writer at the Daily Trojan. He has written hundreds of articles for two dozen print and digital publications, including KPCC/LAistAlta Journal, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Berkeley Political Review, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Now, and many others. 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 2015. He is the writer, host, producer, and editor of the shows "Well Read with Justin Chapman" and "NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman." He serves on Pasadena Media's Citizens Advisory Committee and is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. He also served as president of Men Educating Men About Health, as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents' Association (and currently on the WPRA Advisory Board), as secretary of the ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills chapter board, and as a member of the United Nations Association Pasadena chapter's Communications Committee. He served as a commissioner on the city of Pasadena's Northwest Commission from 2015-16. As a professional child actor, he performed in dozens of commercials, television shows, and movies. He is also a golfer, snowboarder, skateboarder, soccer player, and father.