Joanne Pasternack

Sports for social impact strategist for high-profile athletes, teams, brands and causes

Joanne Pasternack is a dynamic and visionary philanthropic impact strategist who, over the past two decades, has galvanized community engagement with internationally recognized brands including the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, ServiceNow, City of Mountain View, and Special Olympics.

As the President + Chief Impact Officer of Oliver+Rose, she works with professional athletes, legends, entertainers, philanthropists, corporate executives and high net worth individuals to amplify their impact to inspire change around their areas of passion, commitment and expertise. Through this role, she co-founded and serves as the chief strategist for Athletes’ Voices, launched in collaboration with Harvard University. Joanne is also the Executive Director of the Golden Heart Fund, serving 49ers alumni who are in need of financial, medical, physiological or emotional support.

Joanne spent twelve seasons leading philanthropic efforts for professional sports franchises in the NBA and NFL, most recently serving as the Vice President of Community Relations for the Golden State Warriors and the Executive Director of the Warriors Community Foundation. Previously, Joanne was the Vice President and Executive Director of Community Relations and 49ers Foundation for the San Francisco 49ers.

Joanne holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Santa Clara University, and completed the Executives in Non-Profit Leadership program at Stanford GSB.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, the University of San Francisco, and John’s Hopkins University.

Joanne resides in downtown San Jose with her family, including children, Kira (13) and Reid (11) and Bernedoodle Wesley. She serves on the non-profit boards of the Special Olympics of Northern California / Nevada, Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), Figure Skating in Harlem, Positive Coaching Alliance, Wender Weis Foundation for Children, and Beyond Sport and the corporate boards of SeventySix Sports Advisory Group, Applied Silver, Change and GeniusApp. Additionally, she was elected to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee USA Artistic Swimming Board of Directors in 2020. Joanne is also a vocal advocate for gender parity, leadership for girls, and, in memory of her father, Bruce Pasternack, research around younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

For more on Oliver+Rose, visit
For more on Athletes' Voices, visit
For more on The Golden Heart Fund, visit

LinkedIn | jpasternack | IG | @joannepasternack @athletesvoices | Twitter | @jpasternack @athletesvox | FB | athletesvoices

Use of IWD Speakers Directory is at user discretion.
IWD Speakers are not endorsed. Information is provided by the speaker or their agency.

IWD Toolkit
IWD Light Up
Where Women Work

Join the global IWD Community