Allyson Carpenter, JIF ’12 Elected to Board of Directors


ANN ARBOR, MI, April 17, 2019 – The Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to broadening the college aspirations of talented female high school students from the Midwest, today announced the election of Allyson Carpenter of Washington, DC to its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to welcome midwest native and former Joyce Ivy Summer Scholar, Allyson Carpenter, to our Board of Directors,” said Mike Pritula, Chair of the Joyce Ivy Board of Directors. “The addition of Allyson to our Board of Directors represents an important moment in Foundation history as we now reach the point where our alumnae are having an impact on society. As we seek to grow and better serve high-achieving, low-income young women from the Midwest, Allyson’s voice and perspective on the Board will be invaluable. Her journey represents all that is possible for a Joyce Ivy Summer Scholar, and we are grateful that she remains committed to our mission.”

Allyson Carpenter is the Director of Public Engagement for the Office of Councilmember Bonds and Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization in Washington, DC. At age 18, Ms. Carpenter was elected to serve as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia, making her the youngest elected official in the history of the nation’s capital. She has been profiled by MSNBC as a rising star in politics and featured in the 2015 Root’s 25 under 25: Young Futurist list. She is a recipient of prestigious academic awards, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Luard Morse Scholarship. Ms. Carpenter received her BA from Howard University where she studied Political Science & Government and Community Development and was the Student Body President in 2016-2017. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Carpenter was selected as a Joyce Ivy Summer Scholar in 2012 and received a scholarship from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to attend a summer program at Harvard University.

“I am so thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, an organization that has had a profound impact on my journey as a young woman,” said Allyson Carpenter. “My summer at Harvard represented a critical turning point, where I realized my potential and the vast opportunities that awaited me in college. I look forward to working alongside Brittany, Mike, and the other talented members of Board as we continue to expand opportunity for young girls in the Midwest.”

Ms. Carpenter joins eleven current members of the Joyce Ivy Foundation Board of Directors: Erich Bagen of San Francisco, California; Mary Jo Dawson of Bloomfield Village, Michigan; Audrey DiMarzo of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Kim Easter of Ann Arbor, Michigan; S. Caroline Kerr of Hanover, New Hampshire; Greg Lewis of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mike Pritula of New York, New York; Maya Raiman of Knoxville, Tennessee; Melissa Soderberg of Columbus, Ohio; Emily Taylor of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sheila Trautner of Columbus, Ohio; and directors emeriti Carrie Booher of New Orleans, Louisiana; Anne Hiller of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Stephen Miller of Boise, Idaho; Elisa Ostafin of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Clint Wallace of Columbia, South Carolina.

Additional information about the Joyce Ivy Foundation leadership can be found here.