Joyce Wiley named December's Bayou Board Member


In an unprecedented year, Bayou Preservation Association board member Joyce Wiley is without a doubt one the brightest spots in 2020. We and the communities we serve are deeply privileged to benefit from her expertise. Thus, we are honored to recognize her as December's Bayou Board Member.

Joyce Wiley retired in 2016 after 18 years of service as a community relations developer for the Lone Star College System (LSCS) North Harris. In this role, her responsibilities included recruiting and advising students as well as establishing partnerships between the college and numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations, churches, and government agencies. Prior to undertaking her career at LSCS, Ms. Wiley was an advertising consultant for the newspaper industry and a director of sales and marketing in the hospitality industry.

"I didn't appreciate the forest until I moved to the city."

When asked to describe her passion for the environment and how Bayou Preservation’s mission moved her as a person and as an advocate, she replied, "I grew up in the country. While in the woods, literally, I didn't appreciate the forest until I moved to the city. Now that I have been exposed to watersheds and all that they encompass, my desire is to connect more citizens to the programs offered through Bayou Preservation Association." 
Pictured above: Joyce with students from Victory Early College High School performing community service

To describe Ms. Wiley as an active participant in community life is an understatement. She presently serves on the board and executive committee of Greens Bayou Coalition, where she is co-chair of the North Reach Committee. She also sits on the  board of directors of East Aldine Management District, where she chairs the district’s Economic Development and Marketing Committee and co-chairs the Governance Committee.

Pictured above: Joyce Wiley in the foreground, representing Greens Bayou Coalition with Jill Boullion of Bayou Land Conservancy in the background at a partnership Crowley Park trash cleanup

"...Retiring and continuing to use my skills and abilities in service to others is my greatest achievement."

When asked to look back on a lifetime of service, Joyce stated that, "Over my life and career, my achievements have been many. So far, retiring and continuing to use my skills and abilities in service to other is my greatest achievement." She was also very proud of the successful hosting of her first-ever Gala for Greens Bayou Coalition as she joyfully recalled, "It was my first time to put on a Gala!"

Additionally, Joyce serves as the President of The Harris County Metro Area Chapter of Texas Democratic Women and as a board member of Bayou Preservation Association where she chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Joyce is also a member of Acres of Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the City of Houston’s Acres Homes community through charity work and enrichment activities, specifically with senior citizens.

Pictured above: Joyce with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at Brock Park for Greens Bayou Coalition's 2nd Annual Regatta

She is past president of Aldine Greenspoint YMCA and American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) –Greenspoint and she maintains active memberships in ABWA and Greater Houston YMCA Heritage Club.

Pictured above: Joyce Wiley (center, seated) surrounded by guests at Greens Bayou Coalition's first-ever Gala, which Joyce chaired

Ms. Wiley graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She holds certificates of completion from Texas Community Development Institute, Leadership North Houston, Leadership Aldine and LSCS The Academy. She has three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.   

On behalf of Bayou Preservation Association staff, volunteers, and inumberable members of the community, we would like to sincerely thank Ms. Joyce Wiley for her tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for all. Her efforts will benefit