Joanne Irby

Chief Operating Officer
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In her role as COO, Joanne brings to bear over twenty years of operations and organizational development experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Her charge at Raben is to provide vision and leadership to a wide range of internal and external-facing efforts, including business operations, talent management, strategic planning, client service delivery and special initiatives. Her true north? Getting the right people into the right roles, ensuring the right systems and tools are in place, and nurturing the right culture that allows our staff to do their very best work for our clients.

Prior to joining Raben, Joanne served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit advocacy organization.  During her tenure, Joanne stewarded CFED through its most comprehensive and ambitious strategic planning process, setting the stage for greater, more measurable impact.  As CFED’s Director of Human Resources, she transformed its talent management function, recruiting and nurturing a truly diverse staff that grew to become the highest performing team in the organization’s history.

Earlier in her career, Joanne served as deputy to the head of Human Resources for the Association of American Medical Colleges, and spent a decade engaged in the full life cycle of HR functions for the Association, as well as for The George Washington University, the Arlington County Fire Department, Hechinger Stores Company, and the Advisory Board Company.

Joanne earned a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, holds both Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations, and personally contributed to the development of these certification standards for the HR profession.

Joanne is privileged to serve on the boards of the National Employment Law Association and the Green Diversity Initiative/Green 2.0.  She is an avid NFL fan, an amateur powerlifter, and as the proud but busy mom of two tween girls, an active proponent of breakfast foods for dinner.

Career Highlights:

  • Chief Operating Officer, Corporation for Enterprise Development
  • Director, Human Resources & Administration, Corporation for Enterprise Development
  • Senior Compensation & Benefits Manager, Association of American Medical Colleges