Advocate

L. Joy’s passion for political and community activism was instilled at an early age, stemming from a deep-rooted family history and commitment to civil rights and social justice.

She is the current President of Brooklyn NAACP having previously served as the 1st Vice President and an At-Large Board member. She is the youngest adult branch President in the state of New York and one of a handful of branch presidents under the age of 45 in the country. L. Joy leads a generationally diverse all-volunteer branch which works tirelessly to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all in Brooklyn.

In addition to her advocacy on social justice issues, L. Joy is a standard bearer in the cause to significantly increase the number of Black women elected to political office. As founding chairman of Higher Heights for America, L. Joy travels the country to train, advise and support efforts to build Black woman’s political power and leadership potential. In 2013, L. Joy worked to elect Letitia “Tish” James as the New York City Public Advocate, the first Black woman elected citywide. During the 2014 midterm election, L. Joy managed a campaign in Georgia and Ohio targeting Black women who had only participated in presidential elections to turn them out for the federal midterm and state elections. The successful campaign increased enthusiasm and turnout by over ten percentage points.