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Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Announces Appointment of Joy Lawson-McGinnis as Associate Director

November 18, 2022

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced the appointment of Joy Lawson-McGinnis as its new associate director. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Joy to our team, where I am certain she will bring an abundance of experience and capability to her new role as Associate Director,” said Samélia Okpodu-Pyuzza, Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. “Her commitment to public service will be an invaluable asset to the landscape of service in Maryland.”

Lawson-McGinnis previously served as the Program Director for Playworks Mid Atlantic AmeriCorps programming. Lawson-McGinnis also served as the policy chair for the Citizens Advisory Committee of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  During this time, the district reviewed policies on redistricting, mental health, student identity, & recess. While on the Citizens Advisory Committee, Lawson-McGinnis was responsible for advising the district on its hybrid COVID reopening policies. 

“One of the things I love about the culture of Maryland is the deep connection and commitment to our community” said Lawson-McGinnis. “I’ve personally experienced the transformative power of service, the role it plays in illuminating the root causes of socio-economic problems, and its capacity for driving meaningful and sustainable change. The pride our office has for our state makes us uniquely equipped to fulfill the vision of making Maryland a pioneer for inclusivity, equitability, and justice for all.” 

Driven in service by the example of her grandfather, Lawson-McGinnis has made a career in advancing the ideas & capacity of local leaders. The scale of her experience ranges from directing national and state level youth leadership development programming, to coaching local level leaders in Baltimore City and throughout the state of Maryland to make meaningful changes for the communities they serve.  

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About the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism 

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is dedicated to supporting the mission of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve our neighbors in need. This coordinating office funds AmeriCorps programs supporting disaster relief, economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, public safety, health, and the environment in Maryland. A unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, it has honored nearly 100,000 Maryland volunteers on behalf of Governor Hogan. Learn more by visiting our website at gosv.maryland.gov and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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