Emeritus Board Member
Joya joined the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation in 2009, and she is a senior program officer in the Environment Program. Joya leads the Foundation’s Water portfolio, which advances the integrated management of California’s water resources. Prior to joining the Foundation, Joya was an attorney at Latham & Watkins and worked for the City of New York, first with the Mayor’s Office of Operations and later with the Economic Development Division of the Law Department.
Joya graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and she received a Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia Law School, where she was senior articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Joya currently serves on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that helps students develop writing skills and cultivate an affinity for writing.