Joan Timoney, senior director of advocacy and external relations, based in Washington, D.C., joined the Women's Refugee Commission in 2005. She was formerly Vice President for Programs of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization she helped launch, and which is dedicated to revitalizing the federal civil service and inspiring a new generation to serve.
Joan previously worked in the legislative and executive branches of government. She began her career in the office of then-House Majority Whip John Brademas. Two years later, she left Washington to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. Upon her return, she worked as a legislative assistant to the late Senator Quentin Burdick and as a Special Assistant to Senator Kent Conrad.
In 1993, Joan was appointed the Director of Congressional Relations at the Peace Corps. She later served as the first director of the Agency’s Crisis Corps program and as its Chief of Staff. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.