Joanne graduated from UCLA with an Economics degree and began her career in residential property management. After her next stop in corporate recruiting, she went back to school, earning her MBA from UC Davis. She then went on to spend 17 years in marketing, product development and sales leadership at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. She now owns Joanne Mathews Consulting, and focuses on public speaking, team building and business communications for Northwest companies and individuals. She currently serves the Central Oregon community as a board member of Changing Patterns, and is a former board member of The Deschutes Land Trust, Arts Central and REALMS Middle School. She is on the Bend Park and Recreation budget committee and volunteers as the lead coach for TEDxBend.
Currently, Joanne lives in Bend, Oregon with her handsome and reasonable husband Nelson and their two oddly funny children, Casey and Theo. They all share responsibility for their brilliant Cockapoo, Buffalo, and their exceptionally friendly kitty, Ira.