Joshua Oaks

Manager of Marketing and Communications


(312) 784-3314

Joshua Oaks currently serves as Marketing and Communications Manager for Chicago Scholars. He joins our team with ten years of nonprofit communications experience and a passion for providing avenues for youth to tell their stories and engage with resources through new media technology. If you have a story to tell or want more information about how to spread the word about Chicago Scholars, he wants to hear from you!

Most recently, Joshua served as Digital Policy Communications Manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, managing the digital strategy for mobilizing communities impacted by HIV in their legislative and advocacy efforts. Joshua brings with him extensive experience in building and managing campaigns that produce measurable results and inspire people to take action.

Originally from Oklahoma, Joshua holds a MS in Strategic Communication and Media Management from Oklahoma State University. During his time in Oklahoma, Joshua served as Marketing and Program Manager for the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ), a nonprofit working at the intersection of social justice and human rights. At OCCJ, Joshua also served as Director for their Camp Anytown program, a week-long immersive camp experience for high school-aged youth covering issues like, privilege, institutionalized racism and gender inequity.

Currently, Joshua serves on the Board of Directors for The Legacy Project, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of LGBTQ people throughout history. He also served as Co-chair for the 2016 National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change.

Joshua lives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with his partner Mark, who complains extensively about the amount of football he watches.