Joanne Schneider

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Joanne helps individuals, families, corporations and foundations develop philanthropic strategies, determine priorities for giving and run grantmaking initiatives.  She manages giving programs focused on issues ranging from public education to community development to historic preservation.

Joanne comes to RPA with a diverse range of social sector experience. Prior to joining RPA in 2009, Joanne contributed to grantmaking and programs at the Skoll Foundation, the American Express Corporate Philanthropy Department and the Morgan Stanley Community Affairs Department.  She also managed the Volunteer Services Department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, engaging donors and creating meaningful service opportunities.  Joanne served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Joanne holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Columbia Business School, where her focus was Social Enterprise. Joanne serves on the board of Reading Partners SF Bay Area, a national literacy organization, and RISE Yoga for Youth, a Bay Area nonprofit bringing yoga and wellness education to schools and youth organizations. She also serves on Northern California Grantmakers’ Member Engagement Committee. To relax, Joanne likes to cook. Some of her favorite foods to make are pumpkin bread, egg frittatas and African peanut stew.

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