Main Idea

Joy Rachelle Murrieta

In recognition of her work as a community leader, Joy was named one of “2017’s People to Watch” by Pulse Magazine, and was listed as one of The Worcester Business Journal’s 2017 “40 under 40” recipients. She is a Co-founder of Main IDEA and has served as Board Member and volunteer for seven years.

Joy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at Crown College in 2009. In May 2018, she graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (Tufts University) and received her Certificate from Clark University’s Youth Worker Training Institute. Joy is currently taking her Graduate Studies at Clark University, pursuing her Nonprofit Leadership in Youth Work Certificate, as part of the International Development, Community, and Environment Program. Joy is also currently enrolled in the Leadership Worcester 2018 – 2019 class.

In addition to her nonprofit experience, Joy is also an established artist. She has performed throughout Worcester County since 2011 as a solo artist, particularly in the Canal District, as well as for several local festivals and events. Additionally, Joy has been an active dancer for 10 years, taking classes and performing in modern, contemporary, salsa, hip hop, and breakdancing styles, and was a member of Stylized Movement, a Worcester-based dance company, from 2013-2014.

By combining her love of the arts with her passion for enriching the lives of Worcester’s youth, Joy strives to be a positive influence on the cultivation of the city’s music and arts scene and the empowerment of the city’s next generation.