Justin Mendoza is the State Partnerships Manager at Families USA. In this role he works to support state consumer advocates by building cross-state collaborations through Families USA’s State Innovation and Learning Collaborative, advising on campaign strategy development and coalition building, and providing technical assistance on state legislation. Justin also works on Families USA’s drug pricing projects, where he provides strategic guidance and expertise on prescription drug pricing policy, and co-coordinates a monthly organizing table connecting organizations working to mobilize for lower drug prices. In addition to his work at Families USA, Justin’s current activities include serving on the board of directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a nonprofit student-driven organization working on access to medicines.
Before joining Families USA, Justin worked as the organizer for Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program, where he built the drug prices organizing table, managed a social media presence, and created digital and field campaign strategies. He also spearheaded the Affordable Medicines Now conference held in Washington, D.C. in June 2018, which was a first-of-its kind convening with grassroots advocates, policy experts, and lawmakers dedicated to work toward making medicines affordable for all.
Prior to Public Citizen, Justin worked at Partners In Health, a global health nonprofit with offices in Boston, MA, on the PIH Engage team. There he worked to build a grassroots-based volunteer program which raised nearly $500,000 over his tenure and mobilized more than 4,000 advocates in grassroots advocacy efforts aimed at building sustainable global health financing.
Justin holds a M.P.H., with a certificate in regulatory affairs from Yale University and a B.S. in biomedical science and neuroscience from Central Michigan University.