Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
As State Librarian and Director of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Joan leads a Division of the Secretary of State authorized by Arizona Revised Statute §41-151 to provide information services. The division serves the Arizona Legislature and Arizonans, providing public access to public information, fostering historical/cultural collaborative research, information projects and ensuring that Arizona's history is documented and preserved. It is Arizona’s oldest cultural organization tracing its roots to territorial times.
Previously she served as Deputy Director for the division with responsibility for planning, development, operations and several statewide initiatives including the Arizona Memory Project and E-Rate reimbursement coordination. Working within the Library Development Division, Joan successfully motivated public and tribal library staff to initiate programs and services focused on consumer health, lifelong learning and youth services.
Prior to joining the Arizona State Library, Joan had extensive marketing and management experience with AT&T Corporation. She has held leadership positions in business research, corporate training, marketing and strategic planning, in addition to representing AT&T as a liaison to industry associations.
Joan led numerous business marketing programs for AT&T including a customer advisory council, a sports marketing program and an executive client briefing program for top tier business clients. She launched an award-winning e-commerce website and a successful sales support intranet.
Under the umbrella of the AT&T Foundation, Joan developed market entry plans for a parent/school messaging service as part of the AT&T Learning Network. She also collaborated on the design and implementation of the AT&T Teachers and Technology Institute, a summer enrichment program for K-12 teachers.
As a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow, Joan served on the legislative staff of U.S. Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson. She guided federal legislation in the areas of public housing, childcare, women’s issues and funding for the arts.
A native of New Jersey, Joan’s career began there as a public school teacher. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and she holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.