Joy with Ease: Dreaming Towards an Equitable Bay Area

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Joy Massey is much, much more than just her two verrrrrry long titles for her work at TransForm. She’s the Program Manager for the EV Car Sharing and Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing Pilot Project, as well as our Interim Co-Executive Director. Joy joined TransForm in March 2018 to lead our work around electrical vehicle sharing at affordable housing sites. In that capacity, she designs and implements mobility hubs at three affordable housing communities that will feature EVs and chargers, transit discounts, traveling training, and more. The project takes a needs-based approach and centers community voices and expertise.

The work Joy leads at TransForm is personal. She grew up on public transit (AC Transit, specifically), which was her family’s primary source of transportation throughout the Bay. Now she designs mobility programs with a collective of brilliant minds including community members, strategy consultants, local organizations, city planners, and more to ensure that Black and Brown low-income communities have equitable and affordable access to transportation.

Outside of TransForm, Joy serves on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Community Advisory Council. As a Council member, she informs the Air District's initiatives on community-related matters, with a particular focus on communities that experience disproportionate burdens from exposure to air pollutants.Joy is also a founding Board Member of Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance, a nonprofit providing environmentally sustainable and affordable housing for people living with serious mental health challenges in Alameda County.

Joy Massey, long-time AC Transit bus fan

Additionally, Joy joined CORO’s inaugural Lead Bay Area fellowship in September 2021. As a fellow, she’s expanding her leadership skills, diving into the Bay Area’s most pressing challenges, and cultivating a thriving professional network — all in service of making the Bay Area more equitable. As a result, she now boasts more skills and techniques to help TransForm navigate several adaptive challenges and an increased awareness of how to conduct effective change management. 

So, yea, Joy keeps busy. But she’s spending some of her scarce free time taking care of Joy with the self-care motto: “Joy with ease.”

Like many who appreciate that vehicle emissions are the number-one source of greenhouse gas emissions, Joy enjoys bike rides with friends in support of local communities. For instance, they come together for monthly rides from Berkeley to Richmond to support local taquerias, visit historic landmarks, and more. They particularly try to cycle through spaces where Black girls are traditionally not pictured, like pedaling through Napa next to many folks that don’t look like them. Their mission is simple:  Move with ease and joy. When not biking or at the gym, you can catch Joy sipping wine or mezcal and exploring Bay Area backroads.

So, you should consider supporting Joy’s training for the Climate Ride right now, which she’s biking in support of TransForm’s work for equitable housing and transportation solutions. We’d be so grateful for your support of this crucial work, but Joy also invites you to take care of you. In her words, “Go outside, ride a bike, and have a sip of wine or mezcal.” And before you do, show Joy your appreciation for everything she pours into combating climate change for all of us.

 

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