Meet Our Team
Joanna Donohoe specializes in public policy and advocacy, coalition building, grant writing, capitalization and fundraising strategies, organizational and program development, strategic planning, curriculum development, homeownership strategies, event planning, and partnership building. She is an accomplished facilitator, skilled technical writer, and avid networker.
She has over 25 years of experience working with national intermediaries, local nonprofits, lenders and other private sector entities, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and federal, state, and tribal government agencies on banking, housing, and community development issues. She helped to establish the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition in 2013 and serves as a co-facilitator. She is also a technical assistance provider for CFED’s Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative and the U.S. Department of Treasury CDFI Fund’s Building Native CDFIs’ Sustainability and Impact training and technical assistance series, in collaboration with NeighborWorks America. ®
Previously, she worked in various capacities as a consultant overseeing national efforts including the CDFI Fund’s Leadership Journey for Native CDFIs, the Native Financial Education Coalition, and the development of a homebuyer education curriculum called Pathways Home: A Native Homeownership Guide. She also served as the Director of Financial Education and Asset Building at Oweesta Corporation, a national nonprofit Native CDFI intermediary that provides investment capital, technical assistance, and training to help start other Native CDFI’s.
Joanna began her career working on policy issues in Washington, DC where she was a congressional liaison and an attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and a legislative representative for the Independent Bankers Association of America. She also worked as a Community Builder Fellow in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Southwest Office of Native American Programs in New Mexico, where she coordinated a Treasury/HUD initiative called the One-Stop Mortgage Center Initiative in Indian Country which sought to streamline the homeownership process, and helped to create the New Mexico Tribal Homeownership Coalition.
Joanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA in 1989 and a Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1996. She resides in Jupiter, FL with her husband and two children. She is a Girl Scout leader and an active volunteer at the Dance Theater of Florida, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and All Saints Catholic School.