Dr. Joanne Howard

“Our basis for assisting nonprofit organizations is commitment to continuous improvement. I believe that the health of our client organizations depends on a careful and thorough examination on where it fits in connection with partners and the community. We strive to leave our clients stronger and better equipped for the future.”


Joanne is an expert in strategic planning and evaluation research for nonprofit organizations. She believes organizations that examine their priorities on a periodic basis through the lens of their constituencies are the ones that are the most effective.

Joanne works collaboratively with Conlon Public Strategies’ clients with the goal of enhancing their boards, strategies, resource development, and organizational effectiveness. In addition to her work with our clients, Joanne is an associate professor of public administration at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member with the Heller School of Business at Roosevelt University. She teaches courses leading to the MPPA and MBA at both institutions.


  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Conference of Minority Public Administrators
  • American Evaluation Association
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference


Joanne received her primary school education in New Jersey, her BA from Hampton Institute (Virginia), her master’s in public administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), and her doctorate in public administration from the College of Urban Planning and Public Administration (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.