Joy Hermsen earned an MBA from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (minors in English and French) from UC Davis. She has studied at the Université du Québec, Montréal, and is a graduate and faculty member of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy.
Beginning her career in operations at PepsiCo, Joy led various teams at Round Table Franchise Corporation as Director of Training, Director of Operations Consulting and Director of Company-Owned Stores, with line responsibility for $30 million in sales for 63 stores in three states. In 2004, Joy co-founded Nimble Training, an athletic training company, which was the official training partner of the Danskin Women’s Triathlon Series. Nimble Training helped thousands of people of all ages to achieve a lifelong fitness goal (e.g. marathon, triathlon, or cycling event). She has retail and operations experience with REI and Athleta/Gap brands. Joy has also volunteered in leadership roles on several boards, including the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UCD GSM Alumni Association, Girls on the Run
Sonoma County and various arts and education groups in her local community.
From 2013 – 2017, Joy was the Head of People at Bike Monkey Inc., an event production and cycling advocacy company that stages North America’s largest cycling event and premier “Fondo”, Levi’s GranFondo, which has generated nearly $2,000,000 in funds for local community non-profits since 2008. In 2018, she worked as Director of Human Resources for a North Bay hospitality chain with 17 locations, based in Santa Rosa, and helped launch the first farm to table Indian restaurant in the North Bay. A first generation college graduate and long time college instructor, she is dedicated to student success, serving as faculty member and Entrepreneurship Program Lead at Santa Rosa Junior College and as a faculty member in Leadership Studies at Humboldt State University.
In her current role as the Statewide Director for Retail|Hospitality|Tourism (RHT) for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Workforce Economic Development Division (CCCCO WEDD), she leads strategy for the 115 colleges in the state, working tirelessly to connect industry with the college to better address business needs and to launch students into careers in the dynamic sectors of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism.
Joy’s collaborative and energetic leadership approach to improving teams from the inside out has brought innovative solutions and meaningful results to public and private organizations. She brings a unique blend of operational drive, training and development expertise, community engagement mastery, and collaborative spirit with entrepreneurial flair.