Driven by a desire to contribute to progressive social change and a passion for storytelling, Joanna started her career 15 years ago with Goolarri Media Enterprises in Broome as a television and radio broadcast intern. Since then Joanna has led communication and engagement campaigns on topics such as alcohol harm prevention and achieving gender equality, brokered six-figure partnerships to bridge the digital divide for young Canberrans and support women’s leadership, and developed strategies to launch and promote new affordable housing solutions.
In her current role as Executive Director of Business Development at YWCA Canberra, Joanna led a campaign to launch Rentwell, the first charitable property management service in the ACT. Joanna was recently recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards.
Joanna is currently a Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT and Region, served on the Board of YWCA Canberra from 2011-13, the Board of Youth Coalition of the ACT in 2015, and was volunteer communications lead for TEDxCanberra from 2011-2013.
Joanna holds a Masters of Strategic Communications from the University of Canberra, a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School.