Meet Joanne

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An Experienced, Independent Voice

A new voice in Brockton politics, Joanne is running for Ward 6 Brockton City Councilor because she believes we can do more – we can do better for our neighborhoods and city. We need effective and efficient city government that works for us, not special interests. Joanne will be a fresh, independent voice; a city councilor with real-life experience and relevant education who will fight for you, our ward, and our city.

Read more about Joanne below and contact her anytime.

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years in nonprofit and small business development, including budget management, grant-writing, marketing and negotiation
  • As a small business owner, consults on sustainable water management and public engagement, and serves as the Operations Director for Green Camps, a national nonprofit organization
  • Certified Project Management Professional
  • Chair of the American Water Works Association committee on Water Conservation Communications, Education, and Legislation

Joanne is grateful to have had the opportunity to travel and learn throughout her career. After college, she spent four months at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. training citizens fighting for protection of public land. She then joined a London-based, start-up nonprofit organization called Waterwise, which fights for sustainable water management in the U.K.

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At Waterwise, Joanne led research and evaluation efforts and, later, community engagement efforts to help shift the U.K. toward smart water management. One of the largest programs she ran helped over 4,500 households save water and energy.

Joanne participated in several government committees and steering groups, including the U.K. Environment Agency’s Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee and the National Drought Management Group. She became actively involved in advocacy efforts for sustainable water management, and volunteered her time to youth mentoring and other community action projects, including community gardening intiatives.

In 2012, Joanne came home to Brockton to help care for her father. She opened her own consulting business, Fountain Collaborative, which took her to Dubai to design an environmental education program as well to North Carolina to evaluate the impact of a youth engagement program. She became involved in the innovation and start-up communities in Boston and beyond.

In 2016, Joanne became Operations Director for Green Camps, a national nonprofit, where she is responsible for the overall development of the organization, including budget management and fundraising. She is also the Co-owner of a hobby business called Greenovia Crafts.

For more info about Joanne’s professional experience, please check out her LinkedIn profile.

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Roots

Joanne’s Brockton roots go back to about 1916, when her great aunt, Rose, settled in Brockton’s Village. It wasn’t until the 70s that Joanne’s parents, Jadwiga (‘Jackie’) and Richard, joined Rose and the rest of the family after they came over from Poland.

Born in 1984 to working class parents, Joanne was raised in the Polish Catholic tradition. She grew up in the Village in one of the yellow apartment blocks that’s still there today, surrounded by family and a tight-knit community. Her family bought their first home in ’91 in the Hovendon neighborhood, where they continue to live today.

Joanne believes that with family, community, and hard work, anything is possible.

Education

  • St. Edward School, Brockton
  • Fontbonne Academy, Milton
  • Boston University bachelor’s degree in political science
  • University College London master’s degree in urban development and planning

Joanne went to Catholic schools for K to 12. First to St. Edward (now Trinity Catholic Academy) in Brockton and later to Fontbonne Academy, an all-girl high school in Milton. While in high school, Joanne volunteered over 100 hours each year in the Brockton community, mainly at the W. Elm Street animal shelter, Good Samaritan hospital, and My Brother’s Keeper.

She went on to Boston University to achieve a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science with a minor in Biology. She was the first in her family to complete college. While at BU, she worked on campus and in retail to help pay tuition. During her time in Boston, she interned in Congressman Mike Capuano’s district office where she learned firsthand what it takes to fight for constituents. She was active with Get Out the Vote efforts, and campaigned for clean water and green spaces in Boston.

In 2011, while working fulltime in London, Joanne achieved a Master of Science (MSc) degree in urban development and planning from University College London (UCL). She completed two field studies while at UCL. One investigated ways in which an urban park could better serve the London community around it. The other studied the benefits of community-led urban agriculture in Accra, Ghana. She was certified a Project Management Professional in 2013.

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Family

Joanne lives in the Hovendon neighborhood of Ward 6, caring for her retired parents. She challenges anyone to show her a dog more adorable than her own King Charles Cavalier, Lala (which means ‘Dolly’ in Polish).

What Do You Think?

Joanne is out several times a week knocking on doors in Ward 6 to hear from you and earn your vote. Please call or email her anytime to discuss the issues and concerns most important to you.