Johniece Ray is a former 20something just trying to figure it all out.
A first generation college student, Johniece moved to Atlanta, GA in 2005 to attend Clark Atlanta University- where she studied Speech Communication and Journalism. Sure that she wanted to be a journalist, Johniece interned at Upscale magazine for 2 years before deciding that she wanted to work in a field that would allow her to have a direct impact on people’s lives.
In 2011, Johniece accepted a position working as a Pregnancy Prevention Educator, teaching healthy decision making, and safe sex practices to middle and high school students throughout the Metro Atlanta region. That position was the role that changed it all for her, exposing her passion for youth advocacy and community development.
In 2013, Johniece moved to Delaware to work for Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention program. Today, she is the State Director of Marketing, Communications, and Programs with CIS and has been selected by Bank of America as an Emerging Leader within its national network of Neighborhood Builders.
Johniece is a firm believer in “leaving people better than you found them”. While she enjoys working with youth and families, she is indignant about spreading the idea of vulnerability and gratitude to those closest to her- hoping to ignite a trend of authenticity in a world full of superficiality.
Often referred to as “Adorkable”, Johniece is well known for her quirky ways. Johniece enjoys connecting with people on a deeper level, which may or may not be the cause of her slight obsession with personality tests. Johniece loves Oprah, books, old school music, and finding ways to grow in her spiritual walk.