About JoyAnn Ruscha
JoyAnn grew up in rural Iowa and was raised by her mom, a housecleaner and bartender, and her stepfather, a roofer. A former high school dropout, she later became the first in her family to graduate. She obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007.
JoyAnn worked with children with special needs at Laradon Hall before attending graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver to earn a teaching license. She completed her student teaching at Montbello High School before becoming a teacher in a program for expelled and dropout recovery students in Aurora Public Schools.
Today, JoyAnn works as a communications and policy advisor for campaigns and non-profits that advance the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and working families. She has successfully advocated for policy changes at every level of government and has worked on human rights campaigns nationally and abroad.
JoyAnn is running for Regional Transportation District Director because she believes that we deserve world-class public transit at every doorstop. As Director, JoyAnn’s will advocate for Colorado families and communities by fighting to restore cut routes, improve services for people with disabilities, and working towards a truly public transit utility that offers fares at the lowest possible cost.
JoyAnn is proudly endorsed by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001, the Regional Transportation District’s 2,700 frontline employees, as well as organizations that represent over 90,000 Colorado families.
JoyAnn lives in Denver with her 13-year-old son, Judah, and their dog, Cooper.