Finance and Operations Manager
Joanna Clarke was born and raised on Mount Desert Island, Maine. For the first few years of her life, she was a point of interest for local harbor tours as she swung back and forth over the deck of her family’s houseboat. She left Maine to study Anthropology and Sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology and then pivoted to focus on creating community around food as a pastry chef, first in Seattle and then back in Maine. Through local volunteering, she refocused on direct community involvement and has been working in non-profits since 2016. Prior to joining Maine Initiatives, Joanna was the Director of Operations at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she brought her common sense and problem-solving skills to bear on non-profit finances, HR, and facility management. She is passionately committed to creating equitable and sustainable growth for philanthropic organizations in Maine and focuses on empathy-based administration for non-profit employees. Joanna enjoys baking and cooking in her free time, collecting recipes and ingredients from around the world. She also collects board games with her husband and spends an inordinate amount of time with their cats.