Board Member

Joyell Arvella, J.D. is a racial and gender justice strategist, doula, and restorative justice practitioner. Her professional background is in education, reproductive justice, international civil and human rights law, race and equity, transitional justice, community outreach, and reconciliation. She has worked with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, government agencies, nonprofits, and public schools in Baltimore, Eastern Shore, Boston, and abroad. Joyell is the founder of harp + sword, LLC, which focuses on bringing equitable change and joy in tandem by using restorative justice cross-generationally. 

Joyell received her B.A. with a concentration in Black Studies from Washington College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She utilizes her legal and public interest skills to address the intersections of race/ethnicity, equity, gender, incarceration, and health. When Joyell is not creating platforms for underrepresented groups to have active roles in building equity, she mentors high school students, travels, and learns another language.