Jasmyn Samaroo, JIF ’08 and Emma Taylor Philip, JIF ’16 Elected to the Associate Board of Directors


ANN ARBOR, MI, September 15, 2021 – 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 Emma Taylor Philip, JIF ‘16 of New York, NY and Jasmyn Samaroo, JIF ‘08 of Grosse Pointe, MI to its Associate Board of Directors. The Associate Board of Directors was created in 2020 and works in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Leadership Team to raise awareness and support for the work and mission of the Foundation. The Associate Board consists of former Summer Scholar alumnae who are instrumental in engaging with volunteers, driving signature programming forward, and connecting with a younger generation of supporters.

“It is exciting to expand our Associate Board of Directors after a successful inaugural year,” said Brittany Knight, Executive Director of the Joyce Ivy Foundation. “Our Associate Board members provide a vital point of view as we seek to expand our impact and better serve young women across the Midwest. Both Emma and Jasmyn have been ardent supporters of Joyce Ivy since their Scholar years and we are delighted to welcome them to the Associate Board”.

Emma Taylor Philip is a Joyce Ivy alumna and attended Barnard College’s program in the summer of 2016. She has been involved with Joyce Ivy as a fellow since her summer program, and most recently served as   Senior Fellow for Data. She graduated cum laude from New York University in 2021 and currently works at the NYU Stern School of Business. She is originally from Gaylord, Michigan.

As a JIF ’08 alumna, Jasmyn Samaroo looks forward to being able to support and scale the work Joyce Ivy does to create opportunities and possibilities for midwestern women. She studied English and International Relations at Brown University, then completed an M.S. in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins, followed by an MBA. She led strategy and operations teams in finance, product support, customer service, and physical distribution, and is now an Operations Manager for Google Books and special projects in Ann Arbor. She is especially passionate about mentoring women and people of color and leads chapters of the Black Googler Network, Michigan Education Outreach, and career development groups at Google, among other community volunteer roles.

With the addition of Ms. Philip and Ms. Samaroo, the Joyce Ivy Foundation Associate Board of Directors totals eight members: Aditi Adhikari, JIF ‘14 of Atlanta, GA; Katharine Janes, JIF ‘12 of Washington, DC; Ashley Lane, JIF ‘16 of Otsego, MI; Abril Rangel-Pacheco, JIF ‘13 of Omaha, NE; Jasmyn Samaroo, JIF ‘08 of Grosse Pointe, MI; Emma Taylor Philip, JIF ‘16 of New York, NY; Abby Waugh, JIF ‘15 of New Haven, CT; and Michelle Zabat, JIF ‘13 of New York, NY.

About The Joyce Ivy Foundation

The Joyce Ivy Foundation seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to young women who have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to attend the nation’s most selective institutions of higher education. Funding for the Joyce Ivy Foundation is provided by individuals, other foundations, and corporations. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has named 972 students from Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota as Joyce Ivy Scholars, providing scholarships for them to attend summer educational programs at partner college summer programs, and providing or leveraging $5.2 million in scholarship funding. For more information, please visit www.joyceivyfoundation.org or contact the Joyce Ivy Foundation at info@joyceivyfoundation.org or (734) 661-0229.