JoAnne teaches Legal Issues Affecting Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to courses in USF's Public Administration program. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit and public administration experience to her teaching, having served as general counsel to the League of California Cities and chief executive of the Institute for Local Government. In addition to the nonprofit sector, she has worked for the California Legislature and the federal courts. Over the course of her career, JoAnne has written extensively on legal, ethics and management topics.
Her publications include the definitive guide for local officials and their counsel on public service ethics laws, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics. She also had a bi-monthly column on public service ethics issues while at the Institute for Local Government. She is also interested in inter-sectoral collaboration, which is why she wrote, "Pondering Public/Nonprofit Collaborations: What a Form 990 Says about a Nonprofit.”
Joanne is passionate about helping the public, the media, and newly elected officials understand local government. Her publications can be found in the "local government basics" section of the Institute's website. In 1999, the California Bar’s Public Law Section recognized JoAnne’s work with the Public Lawyer of the Year designation. The American Association for Public Administration recognized JoAnne's work through the Institute for Local Government in 2009 with its Public Integrity Award. In 2014, Hastings College of the Law designated JoAnne an affiliated scholar. JoAnne is a member of the California Bar and the American Society for Public Administration.