Joann serves as Director of Business Development for the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), focused on the commercialization of UA IP through the development of startup companies. Prior to joining TLA, she served as Director of the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) technology business incubator and Program Director for the UA McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. She is a UA Academic Leadership Institute Fellow.
Joann has an extensive background as an entrepreneur with three successful exits, including one IPO. Her background includes software translation, simulation, network software/hardware, and healthcare education. She serves as Past President of the Arizona Business Incubation Association, is an active member of the Association for University Technology Managers, and holds an international MBA from Edinburgh University, Scotland.