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Joan Barere

Executive Director

After careers in law, finance and government, Joan now consults to nonprofits, specializing in strategic planning, resource development, advocacy, and program design. She has also served since 2017 as a member of the advisory board to the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, a nonpartisan agency that supports the policy work of the state legislature. As an actor, Joan has been seen on Connecticut and New York stages in works long and short, old and new, and in roles as diverse as Titania and the Allergist’s Wife. As one of the original performing members of SheSpeak CT, she has appeared in spoken word performances at multiple venues in Connecticut, including the 2022 New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas. Joan holds an BS in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT and a JD from NYU School of Law. She lives in downtown New Haven, in an apartment full of knitting projects in varying stages of completion - and way too many books.