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Joy Masha

Children's Defense Fund

Joy Masha is the DC Freedom Schools Instruction and Administrative Supervisor of CDF Freedom Schools. The daughter of an immigrant father from Nigeria, Joy was born and raised in Long Beach, California by her single mother. She is the first member of her family to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Masha is co-founder of Read Lead, a summer school program that provides free education enrichment for low-income elementary and middle school students and their families in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Masha believes restorative education is a necessity when establishing dignity, relationship building, and transformative justice in both African and Black communities. She previously served as the education deputy for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Chair of the Budget Committee.