Joanne Gold joined the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s leadership team as Deputy Director in 2019 and was promoted to the position of Executive Director in June of 2020. As ED, Joanne leads the organization’s strategic vision on patient engagement, disease awareness, fundraising, communications, and strategic partnerships in support of SRF’s ambitious research agenda. She brings a 30-year track record of nonprofit leadership and fundraising expertise to the role and a longstanding commitment to nonprofits advancing treatments for life-threatening illness.
Joanne began her nonprofit career in Southern California, volunteering at the Los Angeles Free Clinic and later serving in various Development positions at notable national health care nonprofits including The Muscular Dystrophy Association and City of Hope Cancer Center. After relocating to San Francisco, she joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area as Chief Development Officer, and she later served as Senior Director of Development at Common Sense Media, a national organization supporting safe media and technology for children. Just prior to joining SRF, Joanne led a two-year project to scale and expand development operations at Family House, a pediatric guest house for families of children being treated for life-threatening illness at UCSF.
A native of Newton, MA and graduate of The George Washington University, Joanne and her husband raised their two (now grown) sons just south of San Francisco in the coastal town of Pacifica, CA, where she is an active community volunteer.