JOY HUANG – CO-FOUNDER
Joy Huang is an Emmy-nominated production executive with over 20 years experience working in television, film, theater, and publishing. She has produced numerous television programs for Oxygen, MTV, HBO, DIY Network, and Fuse TV, and received an Emmy nomination earlier this year for the MTV News Special “President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge 2011.” Joy produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play “Snakebit,” co-directed the Nantucket Film Festival, executive produced the Urbanworld Film Festival, and was director of development at Nancy Tenenbaum Films, working on the box office sensation “Meet the Parents.” She began her career at the New York Times Magazine Group, working at Family Circle magazine.
Born and raised in Jamaica Estates, New York, Joy is extremely proud to be a Queens girl and is fiercely loyal to the schools she attended (Immaculate Conception School and The Mary Louis Academy) and to the friends and faculty who share her passion for giving. When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, Joy and her friends rallied together to help those in need – reaching out to strangers and students to colleagues and classmates – and upon volunteering in the Rockaways, realized that there is so much more that needs to be done. And in an instant, Secret Sandy was created.
KIMBERLEY BERDY – CO-FOUNDER
Kimberley Berdy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Master’s of Fine Arts in Drama Production. She has worked extensively in theatre, film, and event planning near and far. Some of her credits include: “Three Sisters” at The Roundabout Theatre Company, “Snakebit” at the Century Center, “Black Hawk Down,” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” She can currently be found helping to run SmoothMed, a medispa, in midtown east.
She is currently a resident of Hoboken, who lived without power and heat for over 8 days, even after evacuating, as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Her concern for her fellow Hobokenites as well as the rest of the community whose lives were irrevocably changed by this event led her to collaborate with Joy in co-founding Secret Sandy.