Joanne Sandler

Joanne Sandler is an independent consultant focused on women’s human rights and organizational change strategies. She is a senior associate of Gender@Work, an international collaborative that strengthens organizations to build cultures of equality and social justice. Joanne has worked with international organizations, private foundations, academic institutions, and women’s organizations and networks worldwide for the past 30 years. From 2001 to 2010 Joanne served as Deputy Executive Director for Programmes for the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), guiding its support to programs that advance women’s empowerment and rights throughout the developing world. During her tenure, UNIFEM grew from an organization with an $18 million annual budget and presence in 20 countries to a $200 million annual budget with presence in 80 countries. Joanne then served on the transition team for the establishment of UN Women. Joanne currently serves on the boards of directors of Breakthrough and of Women Win.