Joyell Johnson, Family League of Baltimore

Joyell's Fellowship:

Joyell is the new Equity and Opportunity Fellow at Family League of Baltimore. At Family League of Baltimore, Joyell will be responsible for providing programmatic, logistic, and strategic support to the Family League's Youth Justice and Equity Council and My Brother's Keeper initiative in Baltimore and nationally. Joyell will support the Director of Equity and Opportunity in developing and facilitating both programs' goals and action plans.


Joyell is a self-described world citizen, photoActionist, and contemporary Freedom Fighter who loves Baltimore. After graduating from Washington College with a degree in Humanities and concentration in Black Studies, Joyell served as an AmeriCorps member with Volunteer Maryland for two years. Her time with Volunteer Maryland and previous experience living in Europe and the Middle East motivated Joyell to attend and graduate from New England Law | Boston, where she focused her Juris Doctor degree on civil rights and international human rights law. When Joyell is not creating platforms for underrepresented groups to have active roles in changing their communities, she travels, enjoys photography, and learns another language.

Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?  

I love Baltimore. I love the size, the people, and that there is always something to do that interests me. I did not realize how much I loved Baltimore until I left for law school. The colors, the vibe, and authentic "hustle" of Baltimore reminds me of New Orleans and is perfect for me.

What's one surprising fact about yourself?  

I ate fermented shark in Iceland. It was a bad idea.

Go-to snack? 

Chips and salsa