Saye Joseph was born in Saint Lucia and moved to New York when she was 10 years old. She lived in different neighborhoods of Brooklyn, but now resides in East Flatbush. Saye received her Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York (CCNY). She majored in Political Science and minored in Asian Studies. Saye is a candidate for a MPA in Policy Analysis from NYU Wagner, expected to graduate May 2018.
Saye is passionate about criminal justice transformation, especially in regards to the disproportionate impact criminalization has on men and women of color. Most recently, she interned with the New York City Progressive Caucus, where she gained exhaustive knowledge on the internal mechanisms of City Council and local government. Previously, Saye worked at The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions as a Policy and Research Assistant, where she provided in depth research and data analysis, and political mapping to support the development and implementation of an arrest diversion protocol. She also worked as a Program Research Intern with Wellspring Philanthropic Fund to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of a strategic social justice grants portfolio. Through these experiences she has developed an interdisciplinary lens to assess issues related to governance, criminalization, and racial equity.
Due to her insatiable love for knowledge, Saye hopes to go on to attain a multidisciplinary PhD in political sociology so that she can move beyond just describing the disparities, but also engage in the ideological debates that can change the narrative of people of color. When she’s not advocating for criminal justice reform, Saye can be found playing volleyball, swimming, traveling, or eating food.