Board of Regents

Joanne R. Harrell

Harrell200-colorJoanne Harrell is the Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship and Public Affairs at Microsoft, where she has worked since 2001. At Microsoft she has led teams 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 former Conference Board/Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow and has completed marketing management programs at Columbia University and Stanford University. She has also completed Stanford’s Advanced Management College and a non-profit management program at The Harvard Business School. Joanne’s BA and MBA are from the University of Washington. In 2014 she completed the Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy at the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Ms. Harrell is a former member of the Board of Directors of AAA of Washington and REI. She is a former member of the Board of the Association of Governing Boards for Universities and Colleges (AGB) where she served as chair of the Compensation Committee. Joanne is also a member of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Council.

A Regent for the University of Washington since 2009, Joanne served as Board Chair in 2012-2013. She is 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 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
  • Reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2021