About Joyce S. Johnson




Joyce comes from a family of proud activists who lived by their belief in public service. Her parents were early African American civic leaders in Poughkeepsie, New York. After graduating from Howard University with a B.S. in Microbiology, Joyce began her professional career managing a union crew in a distillery plant for Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Inc. She quickly rose through the ranks and broke the glass ceiling to become the National Director of Equal Employment Opportunity for the entire Seagram’s Corporation.

After leaving Seagram’s, Joyce embarked on a career in the public sector. Joyce has served the people of New York City in a wide range of leadership positions. Her past positions held include:

  • President and CEO of the Black Equity Alliance
  • NYS Petition Coordinator and Field Director for the Obama for America NYS 2007/2008 primary campaign
  • Deputy Campaign Manager & Consultant for Charlie King’s 2006 Attorney General campaign
  • Downstate Field Director for Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 US Senate campaign
  • Campaign Manager for C. Virginia Field’s 1991 New York City Council campaign
  • Special Assistant to Former Manhattan Borough President Messinger
  • Director of Community Relations for former New York City Comptroller Hevesi
  • Operations Manager and Consultant for former Mayor Dinkins’ Office of Children and Families
  • Director of Community and Business Relations for former NYC Schools Chancellor Crew

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