Joy Fox was born and raised in Cranston and has lived in Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District her entire life. The oldest of five children, Joy has dedicated her life to making Rhode Island a great place to live, work and raise a family. She knows firsthand that it’s working hard, building teams, and bringing people together that makes life better for everyday Rhode Islanders.
Joy has made her career in communications, both in government service and as a small business owner. She now leads the award-winning Clarendon Group, a small business advising public and private sector leaders, universities, non-profits, and local Rhode Island job creators.
She got her start in communications at age 11 delivering the Evening Bulletin and the Sunday Providence Journal to her neighbors. After graduating from Rhode Island College, she went on to become a reporter for the Cranston Herald and Providence Business News and an assignment editor for NBC10. Covering everything from Point Judith fishermen to the Station nightclub fire, she heard the stories of Rhode Islanders – their struggles and their triumphs – firsthand.
She began her state service at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, learning what it takes to run a complicated public safety system and increasing her understanding of the critical balance between criminal justice and social justice.
Joy moved on to serve the people of the 2nd District, while working for Congressman Jim Langevin, and where she worked as part of a team that built coalitions, passed complex legislation, and, most importantly, stood up for the people of the 2nd District. She has hands-on experience cutting through bureaucratic red tape to get things done for Rhode Islanders. Whether it was helping seniors receive Social Security and helping Veterans access their benefits or working to expand coverage for affordable health care, Joy always worked in support of a government that worked for hardworking Rhode Islanders.
Joy then worked with General Treasurer Raimondo to strengthen and sustain the state pension system and later joined Governor Raimondo where she worked to expand all-day kindergarten for every child in the state, and win critical investments in workforce development, and bridge and road repairs.
Joy serves as Chair of the Board of the Sophia Academy, an all-girls middle school in Providence, where she has been a volunteer for more than a decade. She is an avid participant in all things Rhode Island, whether that is walking the Blessing of the Fleet in Narragansett and never missing a Gaspee Days, Greek Festival in Cranston, or the Washington County Fair.
Joy’s family has a long history in Rhode Island. Her grandfather, a WWII Navy veteran, started the PJ Fox Paper Company in 1957. Her dad ran the family small business until its closing in the early 2000s due to increasing competitive pressure from bigger corporations.
Like so many of her generation, Joy and her siblings are assisting their mom in the care of her Dad, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018.
Joy attended the Edward S. Rhodes Elementary School, where her parents first met when they were in kindergarten. She attended St. Paul’s School and St. Mary Academy Bay View. Her parents and siblings all live in the Second Congressional District, where they were born and raised.