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Joanne Cloonan

Chief of Staff

Joanne Cloonan


Joanne is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President and serves as the primary point of contact for any logistical, administrative, or substantive issue for the President. She leads, coordinates, and performs special project functions and serves as the President’s representative.

Joanne previously worked at the Foundation as a Program Assistant in the program on Human and Community Development. During her time away from the Foundation, she worked as the Administrative Services Manager at Giant Step, an end-to-end business solutions dotcom, and as an Associate Director in the Executive Office at Easter Seals National Headquarters.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with University Honors from Northern Illinois University and has completed graduate-level work toward a Master of Science in Public Service Management at DePaul University.

Joanne is a member of Chicago Women in Philanthropy.

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