Joanne joined the Global Development and Policy Team as a Project Manager in October 2020. Her mantra is that if you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent the night with a mosquito. In her role, Joanne leads the Diversity and Inclusion fellowship for emerging leaders. She also supports the DEI portfolio at InterAction.
Joanne has spent over 15 years in the non-profit sector. Her work has largely revolved around improving outcomes for vulnerable communities. She previously spent 12 years at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where her work focused on the development of evidence-based programs for kids of color. Joanne has also supported various USG programs including USDA’s Food for Education and USAID’s Food for Peace programs in W. Africa. More recently, while at The NEA Foundation, she managed the Global Learning Fellowship program and the foundation's Equity work.
Joanne holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Health Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology both from the University System of Maryland. Joanne is from Nairobi, Kenya, and in her spare time enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.