Gina PhysicSenior Communications Associate
Gina Physic joined Advancement Project in 2019 as a Senior Communications Associate, supporting the organization’s Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track and the Justice Project.
As a Grinnell College Posse Scholar, Gina earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology with an American studies minor, focusing primarily on news media portrayals and their ability to perpetuate stereotypes of already marginalized groups. Upon graduating, she began a career in communications, working in consumer marketing for Edelman, a global communications marketing firm.Following her time at Edelman, Gina developed her alma mater’s digital media program, establishing a strategy and best practices, while leading training sessions in order to amplify the college’s $100K social justice prize, the Grinnell Prize. Inspired by the work of Grinnell’s social justice partners, Gina opted to pursue a degree in African-American studies, researching the ways Black bodies have been criminalized throughout America’s history in order to uphold American power structures.
While completing her Master’s degree at Boston University, Gina led a book club at a Massachusetts women’s prison and worked with a local non-profit, Haley House, in order to empower and provide resources to women and children impacted by mass incarceration. Upon completing her degree in 2015, Gina was a researcher for the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, researching the ways that sentencing guidelines impact racial and gender disparities in sentencing. Most recently, she was Assistant Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs for the City of Boston’s Planning agency, where she was an advocate for communities of color impacted by the city’s housing crisis.