Joanna is a dedicated change-maker, working at the intersection of business innovation, technology, and corporate social responsibility. She blends a rigorous operational background with a toolbox of strategy practices, including design thinking, Lean Startup, and organizational development frameworks.
As the lead for responsible minerals at Cisco, Joanna designs the strategy and implementation of corporate policy, due diligence, in-region engagements, and innovation. From blockchain at mining sites to education initiatives in communities, she engages with stakeholders up and down the supply chain to drive meaningful impact for the industry. She also supports and advises innovation projects across other sustainability initiatives such as the circular economy.
Prior to this role, Joanna was the Chief of Staff and an Innovation Architect for Cisco Hyper Innovation Living Labs (CHILL), a multi-party innovation framework which brought together executives from multiple companies across an ecosystem to tackle complex challenges on a massive scale. She designed and led customer engagements, conducted research, and developed concepts across the future of work, retail, cancer care, and supply chain.
Previously, as part of Vodafone Global Enterprise’s innovation team, Joanna led the strategy and implementation of transformative engagements with top companies around the world. Blending a rigorous operational background with a toolbox of design and facilitation practices, she has developed innovation training for a global team of volunteer “intrapreneurs,” and led teams to design, test, and deliver startup concepts.
Joanna’s innovation practice is underpinned by nearly ten years of work in non-profits and social impact organizations: the first-ever short film contest for sustainable food stories, marketing and technology for the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the West, gamifying retirement savings, and an integrated platform/product for assisted at-home conception for women. At the start of her career, Joanna served as an AmeriCorps member and founded a complementary currency network.
She has an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and a BA in Anthropology from Bennington College in Vermont.