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.
After volunteering for a cold weather canvassing effort, she fell in love with the OTN mission and values. She is honored to join the team and can not wait to build meaningful relationships with our friends.
Ingrid is inspired by heroes like Desmond Tutu, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dorothy Day and strives to imitate their dedication to justice for the marginalized and love for all.
Susan realized she couldn’t stay indoors eight hours a day and moved on to photojournalism and outreach, where she learned to work with a long stream culturally diverse individuals and groups.