Joanne Florino

Joanne Florino has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 40 years and has had a long and diverse career in philanthropy. Before joining the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University as the Atlantic Philanthropies Archives Project Lead, she served as the Senior Vice President for Public Policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable, where she directed legislative and communications strategy on matters affecting charitable giving incentives and philanthropic freedom.

Prior to joining the Roundtable in April 2013, Joanne served for ten years as the first executive director of the Triad Foundation, a family foundation in Ithaca, New York. Joanne was also the first executive director of the Park Foundation, a related family foundation also in Ithaca. At both Triad and Park, she worked with board and staff members to establish grantmaking, operations, and compliance systems and served as a grantmaking advisor to the foundation directors who assumed the responsibilities of program officers.

Joanne’s first professional role in philanthropy was as a program associate in the Ithaca office of Atlantic Philanthropies, then known as the Atlantic Foundation Service Company. From April 1984 through the end of 1995, she worked closely with Atlantic’s first president, Ray Handlan, and then with senior program officers Keith Kennedy and Jim Spencer. Her work at Atlantic focused primarily on the areas of higher education and aging, with significant involvement in grants made to Cornell University.  

Joanne’s Ithaca-area volunteer work includes nonprofit board service at the History Center, the Human Services Coalition, the Paleontological Research Institution, and Tompkins-Cortland Community College. She is a current member of the Cornell University Council and a lifetime member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Nationally, she has served as a board member of the Grantmakers Forum of New York, the New York Council of Nonprofits, and the Philanthropic Collaborative. A proud alumna of Catholic grammar and high schools in her home state of New Jersey, Joanne graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and completed a master’s degree in 20th century U.S. political history at Cornell University. She has also taught U.S. history courses at both Cornell and Ithaca College.