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Joanne R. Harrell
Joanne Harrell is the Senior Director for US Citizenship and Public Affairs, at Microsoft, where she has worked since 2001. While at Microsoft she has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the Global Sales, Marketing and Services disciplines.
Ms. Harrell's pre-Microsoft work history is extensive and encompasses executive-level operational and strategy roles within the high-tech, telecommunications and non-profit environments. Past positions include Senior Vice President (SVP), InfoSpace; President and CEO, United Way of King County (UWKC) and Vice President and CEO, US WEST Nebraska operations.
Joanne has received awards for excellence in Marketing and Brand Management programs. She is a Conference Board/Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow and has attended marketing management programs at Columbia University and Stanford University. Joanne has also completed the University of Southern California, Advanced Management Program in Telecommunications; Stanford's Advanced Management College and a non-profit management program at Harvard Business School. Joanne's BA and MBA are from the University of Washington (Seattle).
Ms. Harrell is a member of the Board of Directors of AAA of Washington and REI. She has served as AAA Board Chair and has been a board member at both firms since 2000. Joanne is also a member of the Washington State Women's Forum and is a 2009 Inductee to the University of Washington School of Communication "Hall of Fame".
Joanne is married to Bruce Harrell, an attorney and member of the Seattle City Council. She is Chair of the Board of Regents for 2012-13.
- Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire from October 16, 2009 to September 30, 2015
- Confirmed by Senate on February 13, 2010