Joanne has more than 30 years of experience in public health, public policy, and legislative affairs. Before joining AARP in February 2017, she was a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration, serving for seven years as the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She worked with federal, state, and local officials in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, leading the initiatives on many different health and human services issues. Prior to this appointment to HHS, Joanne served as the Deputy Secretary of Health in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
Before her time in Pennsylvania state government, Joanne served for 13 years as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, where she oversaw international health programs in developing countries. Earlier in her career, Joanne worked as a legislative assistant for Pennsylvania Congressman Peter Kostmayer and spent three years at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy, where she worked as a special Assistant to Ambassador Millicent Fenwick.
Joanne earned a master's degree in International Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and completed additional graduate education at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and Hygiene. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University and an honorary doctorate degree in Public Service from Bucks County Community College.