Meet Our Team

 
Joyell Arvella, J.D. (she/her) || Founder & CEO   Joyell is a racial and gender justice strategist, educator, womxn’s rights activist, 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 the United States and abroad to address violence against womxn and girls, terrorism, and state sanctioned violence against people of color. Joyell combines her eight years of experience in education, ten years in nonprofit organizations, and seven years of social justice advocacy to create harp + sword, which uses restorative justice to advance racial and gender equity in womxn’s health. Additionally, Joyell currently serves as a board member for Community Law in Action and Baltimore Rising Leader.    Joyell received her B.A. 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 sexual health.

Joyell Arvella, J.D. (she/her) || Founder & CEO

Joyell is a racial and gender justice strategist, educator, womxn’s rights activist, 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 the United States and abroad to address violence against womxn and girls, terrorism, and state sanctioned violence against people of color. Joyell combines her eight years of experience in education, ten years in nonprofit organizations, and seven years of social justice advocacy to create harp + sword, which uses restorative justice to advance racial and gender equity in womxn’s health. Additionally, Joyell currently serves as a board member for Community Law in Action and Baltimore Rising Leader.

Joyell received her B.A. 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 sexual health.

Chynna L. Johnson (she/her) || Program Manager for The Restorative Celia Project   Chynna L. Johnson is from Accokeek, Maryland and currently completing her major in Child and Adolescent Studies at Bowie State University .  She is a certified women’s empowerment life coach who has implements program initiatives to foster empowerment and leadership. Chynna is strongly committed to women’s rights, special event planning, and empowerment initiatives for communities. For the last four years Chynna has worked with initiatives and programs within the state system of Maryland, and Prince George's County.  Throughout her life, social change through a variety of actions have been a huge focus of hers. These positions have allowed her to work collaboratively with diverse groups, organizations, and people. She brings her experience in generating and program development, and funneling resources to initiatives geared towards underrepresented populations such as LGBTQ, religion, health, race & ethnicity, subcultures and gender.  In her community, Chynna has organized various service projects that addressed public health and wellness issues for women. She recently coordinated a service project were she collected over four hundred Feminine Products and over two hundred school supplies for women and children in Ghana,West Africa.  Chynna will be attending Towson University in the Fall to pursue a Masters degree in Women’s Studies with a focus on Public policy and Social change.

Chynna L. Johnson (she/her) || Program Manager for The Restorative Celia Project

Chynna L. Johnson is from Accokeek, Maryland and currently completing her major in Child and Adolescent Studies at Bowie State University. She is a certified women’s empowerment life coach who has implements program initiatives to foster empowerment and leadership. Chynna is strongly committed to women’s rights, special event planning, and empowerment initiatives for communities. For the last four years Chynna has worked with initiatives and programs within the state system of Maryland, and Prince George's County.

Throughout her life, social change through a variety of actions have been a huge focus of hers. These positions have allowed her to work collaboratively with diverse groups, organizations, and people. She brings her experience in generating and program development, and funneling resources to initiatives geared towards underrepresented populations such as LGBTQ, religion, health, race & ethnicity, subcultures and gender.

In her community, Chynna has organized various service projects that addressed public health and wellness issues for women. She recently coordinated a service project were she collected over four hundred Feminine Products and over two hundred school supplies for women and children in Ghana,West Africa.

Chynna will be attending Towson University in the Fall to pursue a Masters degree in Women’s Studies with a focus on Public policy and Social change.