Joy has served the nonprofit sector in multiple capacities 25 years. She holds undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies, dual Masters Degrees in Environmental Law and Public Administration and has completed extensive PhD level work in International Development with an environmental. She has also taught higher education courses on NGOs, Public Policy, Environmental Law, and Holocaust and Human Rights.
Joy's commitment to civic engagement has led to numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County (NC), and receiving a US Department of State-funded Boren Fellowship to study Transboundary Water Relationships in the Middle East. Joy grew up in Taos, New Mexico and has lived in almost every corner of the United States. She is an avid equestrian spends much of her spare time at the family stable. Joy lives in Pittsburgh with her family.