Jo works alongside community groups, foundations, social entrepreneurs, and business leaders to advance the application of social finance and social entrepreneurship. With roots in community development at West Neighbourhood House working with youth, newcomers to Canada, and adult literacy, Jo then jumped into working alongside the visionaries at Social Innovation Generation to advance social finance in Canada. In this role, she supported the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, report, “Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good” that led to the start of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing where she was a founding team member. Over this period, Joanna curated Canada’s Social Finance Forum, and co-authored the report the “State of the Nation: Impact Investing in Canada”. Jo also is proud to have supported SocialFinance.ca as a knowledge catalyst for engaging policymakers, community members, investors and changemakers. Joanna regularly speaks on social enterprise and impact investing and participates as a guest lecturer at various post-secondary schools.
In her role at CSI, Jo leads social enterprise development across a number of vibrant networks in Ontario and Canada. She is part of the team developing the Impact Dashboard and Soshent.net. and loves meeting and connecting with CSI members and others. Jo is grateful to live, learn, and play on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, (also known as Kingston) with her partner and two kids. You can find her engaged with her queer and trans communities, growing food, cycling, and generally enjoying life!