JoyAnn (she/they) has over 10 years of experience in progressive public policy. JoyAnn has helped pass bills on RTD reform, education equity, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and disability rights. Currently, she works at a non-profit that advocates for Coloradans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A former teacher, JoyAnn completed her student teaching at Montbello High School before teaching in a program for at-risk youth at Aurora Public Schools, both of which are in District B. As a teacher a parent of a school-age child, they saw firsthand the impact of inequitable transit policy, particularly after the A Line was opened at the expense of local bus routes.
In recognition of her work and volunteerism, JoyAnn was awarded the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition’s George Roberts & Jeanette Klimach Foot Soldier of the Year Award, an award given to a person who goes above and beyond in fighting for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
JoyAnn lives with her son, Judah, and their dog, Max, in the Central Park neighborhood of Denver.