• collaboration
  • consensus building
  • fundraising diversification
  • partnership strategy
  • stakeholder engagement

Joanne S.

Nonprofit Consulting


Northwestern University - BA Economics
University of South Carolina Moore School of Business - MA International Economics


Joanne Sonenshine is Founder + CEO of Connective Impact, aiding organizations in strategic goal development, partnership strategy, fundraising diversification, coalition building and collaboration around environmental, economic and social impact challenges. Immediately prior to launching Connective Impact in January 2014, Joanne was a Director at Conservation International where she managed programs focused on climate mitigation and adaptation, climate smart agriculture, responsible sourcing and effective land use. Joanne is a trained development economist and has been living and working in the Washington, DC area for twelve years. Her professional experiences have included working at the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Association and as a registered lobbyist advocating for more comprehensive environmental sustainability regulations.