The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Joanne B. Needham

Program Officer for Public and Special Events

Joanne B. Needham is the Program Officer for Public and Special Events for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. She manages all details associated with the visit of public lecturers to the Rockefeller Center and their interaction with students and faculty. 

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Before joining the Center in 2011, Joanne worked for 10 years at the Global Health Council, most recently as the Director of the Annual International Conference and previously as Conference Program Coordinator. In her role as Director, she oversaw all processes related to the planning, development and operations of the conference, with specific responsibilities of establishing the conference theme and the plenary session topics and speakers. During Joanne's tenure, the conference grew to 2,500 attendees from more than 70 countries.

Prior to working at the Council, she spent 10 years as an editor for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, publishing books on neurosurgical best practices and the peer-reviewed monthly journal, The Journal of Neurosurgery.

For 10 years before that, she worked as a project manager/programmer for Houghton Mifflin Company, producing educational software products.

Joanne holds a BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University, CT.

She lives in White River Junction, VT will her husband Andy and her dog Lily. Joanne volunteers as an usher at the Hopkins Center and Northern Stage, and as a reading mentor at White River Elementary School in the Everyone Wins VT program.

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