Jo works collaboratively with clients to help them think beyond the obvious to act strategically and effect meaningful change. Her deep knowledge of best practices was gained through experience as a leader in the field, making her a valued partner to national, regional, and local nonprofits and foundations. Jo has led client engagements with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Staunton Farm Foundation, Jefferson Regional Foundation, UCP, and N Street Village to develop and implement strategies, rethink structure, and craft business plans to pursue new opportunities. She has also facilitated significant partnerships, including the merger of the Baltimore mental health and substance abuse systems and the creation of a formal network among 16 autism services organizations in Toledo. Foundation clients have relied upon Jo's expertise in designing and implementing initiatives to promote and advance collaborative ventures.
Jo balances attention to process with the business acumen required to navigate a dynamic environment and achieve lasting results. Prior to joining La Piana Consulting, Jo served as the director of the Tides Center in Pittsburgh and D.C. and was the founding executive director of a regional coalition of community economic development organizations. She has also served as a public school trustee and chaired a Congressional commission working with the National Park Service. Jo has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Business from Duquesne University.
Learn more about Jo in this La Piana Consulting staff interview.