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Joy Das is the program manager for student leadership programming. Her primary work is to oversee the delivery of student community-engagement initiatives. She works closely with the Engaged Ambassadors to implement workshops, grant allocations, peer mentorship programming and general outreach and recruitment.
Since 2016, Joy has supported the assessment and evaluation work of the Office of Engagement Initiatives, as well as the Ambassador cohorts, as a graduate assistant. A St. Louis native, Joy received her M.P.A. from Cornell’s Institute of Public Affairs, concentrating in economic and financial policy. Her coursework surrounded issues of urban policy, including economic development, infrastructure and the criminal justice system. She completed her B.A. in political science at Wellesley College, where she was nationally recognized for her leadership in student government. Prior to coming to Cornell, she pursued economic development work in St. Louis.
Throughout her time at Cornell, Joy interned with the Mayor of New Orleans’ Office of Criminal Justice Coordination, and pursued engaged research on New York City’s transportation system and the city of Seoul’s urban management agenda. In St. Louis, she volunteered with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Zoo and Ladue High School’s Strolling Strings, a traveling strings ensemble.