Joyce Beatty worked her way through college to become an educator, healthcare administrator, business owner, and leader in our community. After graduating with a B.A. from Central State University and receiving her masters degree from Wright State University, Joyces began her career as the Executive Director of Montgomery Countys Human Services levy overseeing millions of dollars and later as a tenured professor at Sinclair College. As a result of her time in these fields, Joyce understands that education and healthcare are core elements needed to give individuals the opportunity to succeed.
Joyce went on to become a successful business owner opening a management training company that trained non-profits to deliver services more efficiently to vulnerable community members. She later opened a small retail business in downtown Columbus that is still in operation today.; As Joyce became a successful business owner, she, once again, became active in the business community by establishing multiple organizations that encouraged business ownership among women and created economic opportunity.
In 2000, Joyce Beatty was selected by her peers to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. She went on to be elected to serve 5 terms representing the city of Columbus. During her tenure, she rose to become the 1st female Democratic House Leader in state history and was instrumental in passing legislation that improved the climate for economic development; fought foreclosures, championed STEM and financial literacy education as a part of the Ohio Core Curriculum and helped women without insurance receive lifesaving cancer screenings. Her work on securing screenings for uninsured women gained her recognition throughout the healthcare community and Komen for the Cure - Columbus gave her their public service award in 2008.
Joyce has been involved in federal issues and recently Ohio was awarded $400 million in Race to the Top funds. Joyce developed and brokered a partnership with the state to receive millions in grant funds through Race to the Top school improvement grants. She has been an advocate for federal healthcare issues and serves on the national American Heart Association Board.
After leaving the Ohio House Joyce Beatty joined the Ohio State University as Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement where she promoted community, business, and economic development; promoted healthcare collaborations; and led global initiatives for the university.
Joyce Beatty is married to Otto Beatty, Jr., a Columbus attorney, businessman, and former State Representative. She is the stepmother of attorney Otto Beatty III and Judge Laurel Beatty.
Joyce is running in the new Franklin County-based, 3rd Congressional District and looks forward to representing the constituents of the 3rd Congressional District.