Grant Writer & Program Administrator
Joyce serves as Grant Writer & Project Administrator at Innovation Works (IW). In this role, Joyce supports and facilitates certain efforts of IW’s Business Development department, which is responsible for fundraising, relationship management, strategic initiatives, and policy and advocacy efforts. She is responsible for writing and managing all proposals and compliance reporting with a variety of funders of IW. She also leads the administration of certain strategic initiatives on behalf of IW, such as UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, corporate innovation programming, and the Scalable Manufacturing program..
Prior to joining IW, Joyce was the Director of Operations of Everyday Cafe, a social enterprise in Pittsburgh’s historic Homewood neighborhood. She spent the majority of her career in newsrooms as a copy editor and page designer for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. She taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Joyce holds a BA in Print Journalism and Political Science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She later earned her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Economic Development from Duquesne University School of Law. She recently completed the Community Power to Prosper cohort through the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. She has been actively involved in community service as a member of the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service sorority. She serves as a board member for the Homewood-Brushton Business Association and enjoys volunteering with the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, mentoring young adults and promoting organizations that support healthy families of color. Raised in New Jersey, Joyce has deep family roots in Pittsburgh and proudly calls it home. She is passionate about food, wellness and promoting equitable and inclusive spaces for future generations.