Joy joined the IWJV team in 2018 as the lead for the newly established Water 4 Program. Joy founded her career working on water and conservation challenges in Western landscapes. She brings extensive experience previously working as a restoration coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Walker Basin Water Program Director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Water Conservation Director for the Walker Basin Conservancy. She has spent her career developing on-the-ground partnerships for land and water conservation working with farmers and ranchers to sustain their operations while achieving mutually beneficial conservation goals. Joy is passionate about strategic conservation through partnerships, developing common ground and trust, and finding creative solutions to support and enhance agricultural opportunities that benefit fish, wildlife, and overall landscape resiliency. Joy has a B.S. in Geology from New Mexico Tech and a M.S. in Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Outside of work, Joy and her family can be found roaming around the West camping, hiking, biking, skiing, and enjoying unique landscapes and beautiful places.