Joy Turner was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, with her mother and three brothers. In 2006, she left home to attend West Point where she graduated in 2010. Post-graduation, she served as a Military Police Officer throughout the U.S. and abroad, deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2014.
In 2016, she decided to change paths and is now a student at the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation. As an Evans student, Joy served on the department’s diversity committee last academic year and now serves as the President of the Evans Student Organization.
As a vet, Joy also co-hosts a podcast, Speak Freely. She describes herself as a kite enthusiast and introverted people lover. She is interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector working on efforts to increase social equity across the U.S.