Joy Zarembka is the Associate Director for the Institute for Policy Studies and oversees the financial and administrative aspects of the organization. During 2010-2011, she served as the Interim Director of the organization while Director John Cavanagh took a sabbatical. Prior to her position as Associate Director, Joy served as Operations Director for the Institute. She was formerly involved in programmatic work at IPS, serving as the Director of the Break the Chain Campaign project, a coalition of legal and social service agencies, ethnically based organizations, social action groups and individuals devoted to protecting the rights of the migrant domestic working community. She has testified as an expert witness in over a dozen civil and criminal cases involving worker exploitation and modern-day slavery.
Joy M. Zarembka was "born, bred and buttered" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College and Master's degree from Yale University in International Relations. In February 2002, Joy was named one of the Women's Information Networks's Young Women of Achievement for the year. Her book, “The Pigment of Your Imagination: Mixed Race in a Global Society” remains number #1,201,456 on the Amazon bestseller list with little chance of budging from that coveted spot.
Progressives in the Age of Obama
July 15 - How the Institute takes advantage of new opportunities while remaining true to its social justice values.
Still Waiting for a 'Post-Racial' America
December 4 - Mulitcultural celebrations of Obama's victory show the U.S. is hungry for hope and change. But we are far from healing our racial wounds. Published in The Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times and The (Stroudsburg, PA) Pocono Record and Evening Times (Little Falls, NY).
Calming the Racial Storm
April 2 - Obama's response to the Wright crisis is characteristically clever. Published in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.