For over fifteen years, Joy has worked in justice advocacy and community relational formation, primarily in the areas of nonprofit program management and organizational development. The driving question and formation of her work is always: How do we ourselves practice the justice that we seek and for which we advocate, so that equity and justice become actualized—not simply concepts that we “know” and preach?
In that time, she served as Learning & Training Coordinator with national AmeriCorps program City Year; as the Community & Program Coordinator to Community Property Impact Corporation’s poverty solutions collaborative partnership with The Ohio State University; as Training Director of Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocates (with responsibility to 39 county-level programs); and as Minister of Mission & Ministries to a Columbus, OH-based church.
She now serves as the Lilly Grants Coordinator at American Baptist College (TN); as an equity justice coach and consultant with CauseImpact (OH); and as the Strategic Alignment Coordinator for Glencliff UMC, a Nashville, TN mission-based church.
The current iteration of her strategic planning consultancy focuses in supporting organizations in discerning and refining how intentional commitment to and alignment with vision, mission, and values generate greater team, organizational, and community relations and impact.
Joy completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster in English and Africana studies. Her capstone project focused on the personal and societal stories and histories we tell to and about ourselves; those we omit, and the ways in which the gaps with truthfulness prevent us moving forward. She received her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School with a focus in vision, play, and transformational change.