Drawing by Mercedes Blackehart

Justin Chapman 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 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Diplomacy at USC. He has written for over 20 publications, frequently for the Pasadena Weekly. He works as a Communications Associate at USC's Pacific Council on International Policy.

An avid soccer player, Justin also enjoys snowboarding and golfing. He serves as president of Men Educating Men About Health and as secretary of the West Pasadena Residents' Association.

As a professional child actor he performed in dozens of commercials, television shows, and movies. He lives with his wife Mercedes in Pasadena, CA, with their dogs Fiona and Nico, cat Mason, and California desert tortoise Stockton. Mercedes and Justin write a travel blog together called Junket Journal.