Joanne Harrell, Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship & Market Development, has worked at Microsoft, since 2001where 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 chairs the Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Ms. Harrell also serves on the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Strategy Council and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Advisory Board (since 2019).

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.

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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