Drawing by Mercedes Blackehart


Justin Chapman is the Communications Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is an author, journalist, travel writer, actor, poet, musician, and politician. Justin was the youngest elected 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 for over 20 print and digital publications, frequently for the Pasadena Weekly. 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 also served as president of Men Educating Men About Health and as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents' Association, and was a member of the United Nations Association Pasadena chapter's Communications Committee. Other previous memberships include the LA Press Club, the LA World Affairs Council, and the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills chapter, where he also served as secretary of the board. 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.