Joanie Ayoade Yoon spends a lot of time thinking about how to connect people with the resources they need. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, with a concentration in Social & Personality Development from Cornell University. In 2015, she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning/Social & Community Planning from University of Southern California. For two years, she worked at Project Return in various positions, connecting people with justice system involvement find employment and other resources. While at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s office, she visited people who were in jail & worked to created treatment-based release plans for them. She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Planning for Gideon’s Army, an community-based organization committed to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Joanie is dedicated to the work of helping those people who have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system. Above all, her passion is assisting in the complete liberation of black and brown people. She has worked closely with Gideon’s Army, Black Lives Matter-Nashville, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, and Community Oversight Now Coalition.
Lisa started volunteering with Open Table Nashville in 2015, served on the board, and when the opportunity arose to join the staff full-time as the Operations Coordinator, jumped at the chance.
Michael is interested in the intersection of Faith and Justice and seeks to understand systems of oppression and the theological and ethical obligation to confront such systems and restore the oppressed.
Joi is passionate about seeking solutions to local policies and federal legislation that perpetuate cycles of poverty and subjugation for marginalized peoples