Joanne Harrell retired in late 2021 after 20 years at Microsoft where she most recently served as Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship & Market Development. Previously, she’s led teams in the Sales, Marketing and Services disciplines focused on Enterprise, Public Sector and Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) customers and partners.

Ms. Harrell’s pre-Microsoft work history is extensive and encompasses executive roles within the high-tech, telecommunications and non-profit sectors.

Joanne has completed Marketing Management programs at Columbia University and Stanford in addition to the Stanford Advanced Management College and a non-profit management program at The Harvard Business School. Her B.A. and M.B.A. are from the University of Washington. In 2014, she completed the Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy at the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

A Regent for the University of Washington since 2009, Joanne founded and previously chaired the Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Ms. Harrell also serves on the Washington State, International Women’s Forum Chapter Board as a Member-At Large. In January 2022, she was appointed to the Boards of Directors for HomeStreet and HomeStreet Bank.

Joanne was inducted into the University of Washington School of Communication “Hall of Fame” in 2009 and was the school’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna. She was recognized in November 2016, as a “Woman of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal and as a “Woman of Impact” in November 2017, by the International Women’s Forum (IWF). In January 2019, Joanne was presented the MLK “Vision of the Mountaintop” Award by a coalition of Seattle business, civic and spiritual leaders.

Ms. Harrell was granted the University of Washington Foster Business School, Spratlen Legacy Award in February 2022. She was selected by a committee of students, staff, alumni and a member of the Spratlen family for her enduring commitment to the Foster community, the legacy built in her professional career, and for the ways in which she embodies the spirit of the award’s namesake, Thaddeus Spratlen, Professor Emeritus of Marketing and founder of the Foster Business School’s Annual Celebration of African American Alumni Achievement.

In May 2017, Joanne and her spouse were co-recipients of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award for Outstanding Community Service and Diversity on behalf of the citizens of the State of Washington. This is the UW’s only University and community selected award and is regarded as its highest achievement in community impact.

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