L. Joy Williams
L. Joy Williams is a political strategist and founder of LJW Community Strategies. She serves as a strategic adviser to elected leaders and organizations across the country and has been featured as a commentator on BET, Pacifica Radio in New York and Los Angeles, MSNBC, Current TV and NY1’s Inside City Hall. She is also host of TWiB in The Morning! on the award winning online radio station TWiB FM which airs live Monday – Thursday at 9AM eastern. L. Joy’s effectiveness has been proven throughout her career beginning as a Field Volunteer for the McCall for Governor Campaign in 2002 where she made herself valuable by personally registering 1,823 voters. She later would serve as Campaign Manager for New York State Assembly Member Karim Camara, a GOTV Supervisor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Kerry/Edwards 2004 Presidential campaign, the Election Supervisor for Pacifica Foundation/WBAI Radio in New York, was a special assistant to former New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and a program assistant at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy and advocacy organization. Ms. Williams served as deputy director of community relations to former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and went on to become Thompson’s political director in his 2009 mayoral campaign. L. Joy’s passion for political activism was instilled at an early age and comes from her family’s deeply rooted faith and a commitment to dedicate their lives to social justice. From high school, through her college years at Hofstra University, and into her adult life, Joy has always been a problem solver. In 2006 she initiated Brooklyn Lives, an HIV/AIDS awareness project, after learning that Brooklyn was cited as the HIV/AIDS epicenter in New York City. In just a few weeks, she mobilized elected officials, nonprofit and business leaders, media companies and the community at large to provide free testing in over a dozen locations and engaged high school students to give HIV awareness presentations to their peers at high schools across the Borough. L. Joy is founding Chairman of Higher Heights for America, President of the Brooklyn NAACP, a National Board Member of PAC