Joey Magaña
Policy & Advocacy

Joey Magaña

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Joseph “Joey” Magana was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas. He graduated from Trinity Christian High School and then enrolled at East Texas Baptist University. Joey later transferred to Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

After graduating from OBU, Joey served two years as a Journeyman in China with the International Mission Board where he taught conversational English at Sun Yat-Sen University. After his service in China, he returned to Oklahoma to work in two sessions of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives for Rep. Tom Newell as Legislative Assistant. Joey also briefly worked for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, an SPN affiliate, as External Relations Director. He then gained legislative experience at the federal level when he worked in the Congressional offices of Congressmen James Lankford (now US senator) and Steve Russell as Field Representative and Constituent Services Director.

After his legislative work, Joey joined Americans for Prosperity where he served as the Deputy State Director in Oklahoma and most recently Manager of Outreach in Government Affairs before joining EdChoice.

Favorite Quote

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
— Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite Teacher/Class

Mrs. Bass for History/Government. Mrs. Bass came out of retirement after her husband passed away to teach at our school. She became known to the students as “Granny” because she was tough and strict but we all knew it was out of love. I learned so many things from her, not just about history and government but also about respect, integrity and class.

High School Mascot


Favorite Pastime

Going to the movies

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

My Grandparents who sacrificed much to make sure I had the best education and therefore opportunities possible.