Meet the Joint Venture Team

José Luis Gandara

2020-2021 Benest Fellow

José Luis Gandara headshot José Luis Gandara is a 2020-2021 Benest Fellow at Joint Venture. Originally from Seattle, Washington, José is a freshman at Stanford University. He is passionate about state and local policy and has studied gentrification processes in San José, wildfire policy in California, and rent assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy and he is also considering a double-major in Economics. While not studying policy, José loves to run with the Stanford Running Club, plan events with Stanford in Government, and go backpacking with the Adventure Program on campus.