A manager at United Way of Bartholomew County is the city’s newest human rights commissioner.

Joy King, the community engagement manager for United Way, was named Tuesday as the replacement to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Sameer Samudra, who has relocated from Columbus to India.

King’s appointment will take effect once an oath of office has been administrated by Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop.

King is responsible for helping coordinate programs at United Way of Bartholomew County that address issues of hunger, providing marginalized individuals with access to health care and implementing asset-based community development programs. She previously served as a local AmeriCorps member, as a United Way volunteer resource manager and as an analyst for the Boeing Co.

She received the Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2015 due to her work as a volunteer coordinator and her ability to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers to assist with maintenance and other types of work in multiple locations throughout Bartholomew County.

King has lived in Columbus for eight years with her husband Michael and her two sons, Tyler and Alex.

City Councilman Tim Shuffett, who serves as a council liaison to the commission, said King will be a good fit for the commission because of her diverse background and her community involvement.

“I think her experience will help,” Shuffett said.

About Joy King

Education: Associate’s degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in business administration

Work history: Currently community engagement manager for United Way of Bartholomew County, where she serves as community engagement manager. She previously served as an AmeriCorps member in Bartholomew County as a United Way volunteer resource manager and an analyst for the Boeing Co.

Family: Married to husband Mark. They have two sons, Tyler and Alex.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com