Joanne Sonenshine


Joanne Sonenshine is Founder + CEO of Connective Impact, an advisory firm aiding organizations in partnership strategy and fundraising diversification to address social, environmental and economic development challenges through collaboration.

Joanne is a trained development economist and has been living and working in the Washington, D.C. area since 2004. Her professional experiences have included working at the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Association, as a registered lobbyist advocating for more comprehensive environmental sustainability regulations, and as a program director for a large international NGO working on climate change, land use, and agriculture investments.

Joanne’s book, ChangeSeekers: Finding Your Path to Impact, documents how to overcome fear, uncertainty and risk aversion to seek fulfillment in one’s life, and truly make a difference.

Joanne serves on the board of Emerging Leaders, an Oxford, UK based NGO training leaders in vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Joanne lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two boys.