My passion for storytelling started when I was a little girl, in court testifying against my abusers. It was then that I discovered the power of my voice, and it has since become my passion to amplify narratives that often get overlooked. Amplifying stories through advocacy is my mission.
Chinua Joi Ivey, MA
Chinua Joi Ivey is a communications practitioner who focuses on engaging audiences through storytelling. She is passionate about the responsibility we all share in advocating for the health of the communities in which we live and serve. When asked about her 18-year career in corporate communication and media, she explains, "Effective communication is an art form that can unify masses and encourage social change." Her vast communication experience includes print, radio, publishing, public relations, and marketing for various industries.
As a former victim of crime, she understands what it means to feel voiceless. Her childhood home in Washington, DC was filled with intimate partner violence, child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, and neglect. As a result, she became a ward of the court and aged out of the foster care system. She notes, however, that the love and support of two amazing foster families blessed her with security, stability, and hope. She aged out of the foster care system and upon graduation, she earned a Presidential award from William (Bill) Clinton for academic improvement.
Mrs. Ivey has a BA in Mass Communications/Speech Communication (2002, Bethune-Cookman College), a MA in Organizational Management (2004, University of Phoenix), and a Graduate-level Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention (2011, University of Massachusetts - Lowell). Currently, she studying for a second master’s degree in Strategic Communication with a focus on Advocacy at American University (2021). American University offers one of the top five public relations programs in the nation. There, she has a merit scholarship and a 3.8 GPA.
As a committed advocate, she increases awareness of the risks and consequences of relationship violence through her non-fiction IRIS (Incredible Resilience and Inner Strength) Book Series, Mentoring Program, workshops, and more. She amplifies the voices of crime victims through the True Peace Campaign, and she is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Single Mom Love Magazine. She is keenly aware of the importance of branding and positioning for today's thought leader. Through her thriving public relations business, Ivey Media Agency, she consults entrepreneurs and provides various digital, print, and media services. She believes that "Every cause or brand has a story, and every story can spark change." Mrs. Ivey resides in metro Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Together, they have three adult children.