Program Coordinator, Animating Democracy
Joanna joined Americans for the Arts in 2009 as program coordinator for Animating Democracy. Launched in 1999 with support from the Ford Foundation, the Animating Democracy program fosters arts and humanities activity that encourages civic dialogue on contemporary issues. As program coordinator, Joanna is responsible for advancing arts-based civic engagement through coordination and development of communication, convenings, research, and other program services for constituents.
Before coming to Americans for the Arts, Joanna was a government and community relations intern at Stanford University. As such, she played a central role in cross-departmental communication, event planning, publication production, and the cultivation of community support for university interests. She has also worked in outreach and communications for the innovative nonprofit, HopeLab; as a research assistant for Stanford political science professor, Stephen Krasner; and as a gallery assistant at Galerie Maeght in Paris. Joanna graduated with honors from Stanford University receiving a B.A. in international relations and a minor in studio art. Her award-winning thesis, "Embodying and Inspiring Change: The Common Threads of Art, Quilting, and Memorialization in the AIDS Memorial Quilt," explores the dynamic role of the quilt as a memorial, piece of art, and reflection of the changing HIV/AIDS epidemic in America.
In her free time, Joanna enjoys playing the piano and French horn, cooking, horseback riding, traveling, painting, and photography.