top of page

Growing up the daughter of a teacher in a family of farmers in Vermont, Joy was taught the importance of giving back to her community and respecting the environment at a young age. From planting trees every spring as a child, to PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT as a professional landscape architect, Joy knows the importance of working with our environment to protect and preserve our community’s character and natural resources for generations to come.

Joy represents all of D3 residents with clear and strong community values.

Her first job at age 15 was a

special program for low-income

youth called the Youth

Conservation Corps where she

built trails and cabins on VT

State Forest Land.


Her PROVEN LEADERSHIP in community quality of life started while raising her children, when she chaired the School District Educational Enrichment Foundation raising funds for the school, and continued as a young professional leading as a Commissioner on the Metropolitan Energy Commission.

In 1996 she founded an environmental planning and landscape architecture planning and design firm where, and she led it to employ over 80 professionals, won 2 Wells Fargo business growth awards and through her firm's work she created many successful civic QUALITY OF LIFE improvements like green infrastructure, ecological restoration, parks and trails planning and design.

Before being appointed to the City Council, Joy distinguished her broad skill in PRESERVING OUR COMMUNITY CHARACTER by serving two terms on the Encinitas Environmental Commission, where she advocated for community and environmental protection and awareness. She founded and launched the 1st Cyclovia Encinitas.  Through her role at the Encinitas Historical Society, she has dedicated her time to teaching and preserving the city’s rich past, giving her a distinct appreciation for the unique history of the city. Her focus on improving the quality of life for the community is evidenced by her deep involvement in projects associated with the environment. 

At the "101 tree planting on Highway 101 event" with contracted landscape inspector, community landscape architects and environmental proponents. 

Joy supports increasing tree canopy, native plants and optimizing our Tree City USA standing. She promotes green infrastructure.

She teaches the San Diego County Water Authority’s Watersmart Landscapes

Workshops to help CONSERVE WATER, she launched Encinitas’ first

Environmental Excellence Awards Program to acknowledge the good work

our residents are doing in climate protection, she launched Encinitas Cyclovia, and she is an ECODISTRICT ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL where she organizes stakeholders together behind ecologically sound community development. She was also recently recognized by her profession with induction into the Council of Fellows for the American Society of Landscape Architects – A NATIONAL DISTINCTION AWARDED TO ONLY 1% OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONALS for her contributions to the profession.

logo new.jpg

On the Encinitas City Council, Joy has worked hard to improve and protect the unique setting and environment that creates high QUALITY OF LIFE and makes Encinitas special. She applies her work ethic to TACKLE IMPORTANT ISSUES our community is facing us such as shoreline preservation, INFRASTRUCTURE, TRAFFIC, clean water, social safety nets for our most vulnerable, safety, PRIORITIZING LOCAL BUSINESSES, and ADDRESSING HOUSING for all income levels.

Joy works with residents and regional stakeholders to improve shoreline preservation. 

D3 dialogue with environmental advocates.

Her PROVEN LEADERSHIP has resulted in several initiatives including native plants and natural ecological systems by launching the City’s first native plant policy. Joy CO-AUTHORED THE CONSERVATION OF OPEN SPACE initiative which received full support from the public and the City Council. She voted for expanding funding for open space stewardship and is working to get funding from the California Natural Resources Agency through 30x30 Program for Nature-based Solutions.

As a local business owner, Joy has an understanding of the dedication and the true commitment it takes to turn an innovative idea into a business.  She applies this dedication to her work for Encinitas too. It took several years of persuasive DIPLOMACY to form and launch Encinitas’ First Annual Cyclovia. Joy works hard for things she believes in.

Joy led the effort to create the inaugural Cyclovia Encinitas celebration. She supports safe active transportation and decarbonization. 

Joy improves city-wide policies for open space preservation, sustainability & resilience.          

D3 volunteers at Sea & Soil

Acknowledgement from Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath at the Inaugural Cyclovia Encinitas 2020

Joy knows the importance of community – as a young adult after studying plant and soil science for 2 years at the University of Vermont, she set out alone to head west. Southern California was her destination when unexpected car trouble landed her in Tucson, Arizona. Serendipitously, she ended up finishing school at the University of Arizona with a degree in landscape architecture and ultimately started a successful and thriving consulting business. She met her husband Rob and made the move out to San Diego in 2008 part-time and then full-time in 2012 and has been a dedicated and passionate District 3 COMMUNITY LEADER ever since. 

Joy believes the District 3 community deserves proven leadership, SUCCESSFUL SOLUTIONS and effective policies to solve our most pressing needs. As your Councilmember, Joy will continue bringing her decades of experience protecting natural land, and passion for public service to her work every day and will focus on fostering our great QUALITY OF LIFE here in Encinitas. Joy is the right person at the right time for our city. She cares for our families, our seniors, our workers and our residents.

 Joy believes in strong family values and civic volunteerism.                 

Her family values are strong. She is the mother of 2 and step-mother of 3, grandmother of 4, a wife to Rob, and daughter to her 90 year old father Bryce. She lives every day of her life with a public servant’s heart.

With her granddaughter painting a part of the "Cardiff Strong" art project.

 Joy has a clear view of our future. It’s one which unifies us behind continued improvement of our quality of life.

Elect Joy to Encinitas City Council District 3 so she can finish the great work she’s started for us.

bottom of page