Meet the Board: Joy Schaefer, Vice President

Joy Schaefer

Joy Schaefer, Vice President
Current elected term: December 2016 - December 2020


Joy Schaefer was first elected to the Board of Education in November 2012 to serve a four-year term December 2012–16. Mrs. Schaefer has served as the Board's vice president (December 2012–13) and president (December 2013–14). She was re-elected in November 2016 to serve a second four-year term through November 2020 and re-elected vice president in December 2018.

Mrs. Schaefer is a graduate of Georgetown University, earning a degree in Foreign Service. Professionally, she evaluated and administered grant-giving programs at MONY (Mutual of New York) Life Insurance and the MONY Foundation. She served as Director of Programming and Public Affairs for the Foreign Policy Association in New York City, where she developed educational programs, curriculum, and resources for educators at the secondary-school level through learning in retirement. She has experience in project and organizational management, employee and volunteer training, press and community relations, and strategic planning, in both the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Mrs. Schaefer has been a long-time volunteer in Frederick County Public Schools, at the local school and county levels. She has served in various roles on local PTA / PTSAs and on the PTA Council of Frederick County. She served on the 2010 Elementary Math Task Force and on the school system’s Family School Partnership Committee. Joy is active at the state level, representing all 24 Maryland school boards as the Maryland Association for Boards of Education's (MABE) representative on the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission). She has served on MABE's Board of Directors, as president and as chair of several of the organization's committees, including Legislative, Conference Program and Nominating. She is president of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Frederick County, and conducts research and develops training and educational materials for the National School Boards Association.

She and her husband have lived in Frederick since 2001. Two of their boys currently attend Frederick County Schools, and their oldest is a recent graduate who is now in the Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park.