Board of Regents

Joanne R. Harrell

Joanne R. Harrell

Joanne Harrell is the Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship and Public Affairs, at Microsoft, where she has worked since 2001. While at Microsoft she has worked in customer-centric General Manager roles in the Global Sales, Marketing and Services disciplines with Enterprise, Public and OEM customers.

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 sectors. Past positions include Senior Vice President, InfoSpace; President and CEO, United Way of King County; and Vice President and CEO, US WEST Inc., (now CenturyLink), Nebraska.

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 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.

Ms. Harrell is a former member of the Board of Directors of AAA of Washington and REI. She is on the Board of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) and a member of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Program Council. She is also a member of the Washington State Women’s Forum and a 2009 Inductee to the University of Washington School of Communication “Hall of Fame” where she was selected as the school’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna.

Joanne is married to Bruce Harrell, an attorney and member of the Seattle City Council.

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire from October 16, 2009 to September 30, 2015
  • Confirmed by Senate on February 13, 2010