I received my undergraduate degree in communications from Syracuse University and my masters degree in social work from New York University. I have 15-years of experience as a cognitive therapist. In addition, I am a board certified coach and a published member of the International Coaching Federation.

I have always felt a deep sense of commitment to creating communities of support. When my hometown of Freeport, NY lost funding for waterfront cleanups, I founded a grassroots, volunteer-based non-profit. That was 29-years ago, and today Operation SPLASH is still going strong. 

As a founding board member of the Posse Foundation in Miami, Fl., I coached and mentored incredible scholars from diverse backgrounds. I have seen first hand that when individuals feel understood and supported by a scaffolding that we create together, they can excel and achieve their goals. 

My greatest strength is my ability to help my clients feel more calm and clear. I believe strongly in life/work balance. My 91-year-old father, a retired boat builder, taught me that a well-balanced boat will encounter less resistance and go further. In an effort to achieve this, I spend time with my family and friends, exercise and practice meditation. 

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It has been a delight to work with Joanna and I deeply value her advice and passion. Joanna’s instincts, dedication and warm sense of humor were critical to Posse’s success as we weaved our way through the difficult tasks of creating a new board of directors, raising awareness and executing the foundation’s vision in a new city. Over the years Joanna has continued to offer support to me in numerous ways and I consider Joanna to be an important friend and advisor.”
— Anne Chwat, EVP & General Counsel, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., former EVP & General Counsel, Burger King Corporation