Kayce Ataiyero is the Chief External Affairs Officer at the Joyce Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation's strategic communications, the Journalism Program and the Lend A Hand community grants fund. She is also a member of the Foundation's leadership team.
Ataiyero has extensive experience in communications, journalism and politics. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, she served as director of external affairs for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she led communications and community engagement. She has also led communications for U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, the Illinois Governor’s Office and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office.
As a journalist, Ataiyero previously worked as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, The (Raleigh-Durham) News and Observer, Philadelphia Inquirer and Washington Post.
She’s a native of Washington, D.C. and has a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the board of Media Impact Funders and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. She also at one time was general manager of the Chicago Steam, a minor-league basketball team.
Crain's 2022 Notable Black Leaders and Executives
Crain's Chicago Business features Kayce Ataiyero as one of the 2022 Notable Black Leaders and Executives. Kayce Ataiyero is the Chief External Affairs Officer at the Joyce Foundation..
Crain's Chicago Business
Media Impact Funders spotlights The Joyce Foundation
Joyce Foundation’s Kayce Ataiyero (Chief External Affairs Officer) and Hugh Dellios (Journalism Senior Program Officer) discuss the Foundation's strategy behind the Journalism grantmaking portfolio.
Media Impact Funders
Joyce Foundation continues to meet the needs of communities during the pandemic with its Lend a Hand Fund
Highlighting Joyce's Lend a Hand Fund–With an average grant amount of $25,000, the fund has assisted 37 community organizations since its inception in 2020.
Examining the Rise of Armed Extremists and Militias in Michigan
Recent political violence issues have been on the rise in the U.S. During this webinar, panelists discussed these trends, their implications on democratic institutions specifically in Michigan, and what policy makers might be poised to do about it.
In the News: Joyce’s Commitment to Diversity
The Foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion was highlighted in a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune focused on how nine prominent Black leaders in Chicago believe progress can be sustained through 2021.