Currently working in a consulting role, Joy Roller brought her experience as a former television producer and economic development and civic leader to the position of Development Director of Karamu House in April 2017. In two-and-a half-years there, she directed and managed funding of the $2.5 M annual operating budget and a $10 M capital campaign, leading to one of the most significant transformations in the African-American cultural center's 104-year history. Prior to joining Karamu, Joy led Global Cleveland, a non-profit that attracts, connects and welcomes newcomers to social and economic opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As Executive Director of the Gordon Square Arts District from 2005 – 2013, she led an arts-based economic development initiative that has transformed Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood into an arts and entertainment destination. Prior to returning to Cleveland from New York City to enter law school in 2004, she produced, wrote and directed television programs for national syndication and cable networks. Roller holds a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University's John Marshall College of Law, a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Denison University.
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