A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Justis has spent a good portion of his life in both Europe and Asia. While he was both raised in the church and served his two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Korea, he now identifies as a “spiritual” individual practicing a “Modified Ecumenical Pantheistic Humanism” in a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Professionally, Justis has served as both the program manager of the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations Program and as an arts program officer with the U.S. Department of Education since January 2010. He joined the Department as a presidential management fellow after spending several years working in the fields of higher education, human resources, and government. |
Justis currently serves as the president of LGBT and Allied Employees at ED, the principal representative for Asian-American Pacific Islander Connections, and on the boards of the Truman State University National Alumni Association and the Joseph Priestly District Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He earned an M.A. in international communication from American University's School of International Service and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Truman State University.