Joan has had a distinguished career in the enterprise software sector and has more than 20 years of executive management experience at public and privately held technology companies, including several technology startups.
Currently, Joan advises a number of early-stage companies through her consulting firm, Renaissance Consulting Group, acting as co-founder, advisory board member, or interim executive for technology companies in VR, IoT, and DevOPs. Previously, Joan served as VP of Marketing for the Datacenter Systems Business Unit of Western Digital, chief technology officer for QualiSystems, and VP/CTO for the advanced technology division of EMC.
An engineer by training, Joan has focused on computing, networking, storage systems, and software for storing, processing and analyzing big data for most of her career. She holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MSEE from Stanford University, BSEE from Yale University, and has patents in the area of grid computing and analytics on big data.
Joan is a swimmer and occasional triathlete. She spends her time with family and books and has a lifelong commitment to education– both as a student and a teacher– and a special dedication to bringing STEM education to children.