Joy Vermillion Heinsohn

Assistant Director

Joy Vermillion Heinsohn is the Assistant Director for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. In this position, Joy is responsible for managing All For NC: ZSR's Framework for Grantmaking and Learning. She also leads the Foundation's Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy. A native North Carolinian, and a graduate of a North Carolina public school, Joy joined the Foundation in 1998. In her time at ZSR, she has worked across all aspects of the Foundation and has led ZSR’s strategic planning processes. Prior to starting work with the Foundation, Joy completed internships in the NC Governor’s Office and The White House. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Steering Committee of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and was a founding member of the boards of the NC Network of Grantmakers, NC Center for Afterschool Programs, and NC Civic Education Consortium. Joy received a bachelor's degree in Politics from Wake Forest University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Kennedy School named her a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for her academic achievement and contributions. Joy is the mother of two spirited children. She and her family reside in Winston-Salem.

Joy can help provide more information about:

  • All For NC: ZSR’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning.
  • ZSR's Exploratory, Visionary Ideas Strategy.
  • ZSR’s Learning Agenda.