Jo’el Thomas-Jones is a native Daytonian who has had the opportunity to live outside of Ohio and travel extensively abroad. It is those experiences that have lead her back to Dayton. Since returning, Jo’el has been an active member of the community: she is a key organizer in the Dayton Peach Bridge March and a coordinator for Montgomery County Veterans. As a part of Dayton League of Women Voters, she hosted a Town Hall on Campaign Finance Reform. While researching race and settlement in Dayton, she wrote and produced a documentary on race relations. Jo’el’s motto is “All life has value,” which has defined her work in Neighborhoods Over Politics, a non-profit whose mission is to end disinvestment and deplorable conditions in underserved neighborhoods.