She began her career in state government in the Senate Research Office where she served as director for five years. She worked under Governor Sonny Perdue’s administration as a Policy Analyst and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. For the past two years, she led a literacy movement, serving as director of Literacy For All. As part of her current responsibilities, she serves as co-chair of the Georgia Children's Cabinet. Joy is a native of Georgia and has two grown children; one is Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Operations Officer and the other is a senior at UGA. She resides in Sandy Springs with her other children, two dogs and a cat.