Joy Bailey-Bryant

Joy Bailey-Bryant

President, US, Museums, Cities and Cultural Development, Lord Cultural Resources

Joy Bailey-Bryant is Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Operations for Lord Cultural Resources. A specialist in municipal engagement around culture and certified interpretive planner, Joy works with city officials, institutional leaders, and developers, in global municipalities like Chicago; New York; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Dharan, Saudi Arabia to creatively plan cities and bring people to public institutions.   

Joy has been an integral part of the development of identity museums where people of color are engaged in telling and interpreting their own story. Joy led the teams for planning on remarkable projects like the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., reaching thousands of stakeholders across the country to learn their expectations for the new museum; the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, directing citywide engagement in locations as large as Dallas and Chicago and small as Decatur, Georgia – speaking with thousands of individuals in meetings and on social media – to assess, project, and plan for their cultural needs; and planning and opening the expansion of the Albany Civil Rights Institute in Albany, Georgia—unearthing thousands of untold stories of the Southwest Georgia Civil Rights Movement.   

Driven by the engagement philosophy of “meet people where they are,” Joy has authored several articles on community engagement including, Planning for Community Needs, in the third edition of the Manual of Museum Planning. Following her mantra, Joy is willing to “follow the crowd,” holding meetings at festivals, conferences, on social media, churches, community centers, schools, and even bars.   

Before joining Lord, Joy was on the transition team at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) evolving the General Operating Support (GOS) grant to the Museums for America grant, the agency’s leading award for museums. Joy began her cultural career at the Braves Museum at Turner Field. Joy completed her M.A. in Arts Management from American University in Washington, D.C. and her B.Sc. in Public Relations from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.