An active member of Community Board 4 and the Neighborhood Advisory Board, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner is a Bronx resident. She is a proud product of the public educational system. Ms. Joyner is a graduate of Richard R. Green High School for Teaching and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She participated in Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and benefited from its dedication to grooming African-American and Latino students. The program focuses on providing students with the necessary tools to succeed in competitive college academic environments. Striving to take the greatest possible advantage of the opportunities EOP made available, Latoya studied abroad in Ghana and participated in various internships. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, graduated with honors and became a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa. Changing her life forever, Ms. Joyner interned with the office of then state Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene, a legendary fixture in Bronx governmental circles who currently serves as Bronx Deputy Borough President. During her internship, Latoya excelled and was recognized for excellence by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Following her internship in the State Capitol, she returned to her roots in the Bronx and was promoted to serve as a community liaison in Mrs. Greene’s district office. In this capacity, Ms. Joyner handled day-to-day constituent concerns, researched legislation, and met with lobbyist groups and community organizations. Ms. Joyner went on to study law at the University at Buffalo Law School, where she was an associate editor for the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law and Social Policy. During her time in law school, Ms. Joyner interned with the New York State Division of Human Rights in the Bronx and her responsibilities included investigating housing discrimination claims. Ms. Joyner saw firsthand the hardships that many persons with disabilities – particularly those with mental and psychosocial disabilities – face in securing permanent housing. Her extensive experience in protecting the rights of tenants puts Latoya in a unique position when it comes to developing legislation and housing policies that are more equitable for the families living in the 77th Assembly District. A member of the New York State Bar and practicing attorney, Ms. Joyner uses her legal degree to serve the needs of families throughout the Bronx. She served as a court attorney for a New York City Civil Court judge. In what has been called the "people's court", Ms. Joyner used her problem-solving skills to help those appearing in court – many of whom are unrepresented – to reach settlements. She dealt with matters concerning commercial landlord and tenant, premises liability, personal injury, consumer debt, no-fault cases and small claims. Ms. Joyner is honored to serve the people of Claremont, Concourse, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights sections of the Bronx.