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Joanne Straley

Joanne Straley

Senior Director Student Services

Office: 130

Hello and Welcome to the J-School. I’ve been part of the J-School community since 2006, welcoming students and acting as their chief wayfinder through the two year student experience.


  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Poetry
    Columbia University, School of the Arts, Writing Division, New York City, NY

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), English, emphasis Creative Writing
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Philosophy, minor English
    Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA


  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
    Columbia University


  • UC Berkeley Excellence in Management Award 2017


  • UC Berkeley Mentor/Mentee Program as Mentee 2013-2015, as mentor 2018-2019
    Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Facilitator 2016, 2019
    Member of Berkeley Staff Assembly Governance Council 2014-2017
    Member of Berkeley Facilitators Network (BFN) Coordinating Committee 2014-2016
    Trans: A Gender Identity Inclusion Workshop Fall 2016
    UC Berkeley Multicultural Education Program Certificate 2015
    Facilitating Participatory Decision Making Workshop 2015
    UC Berkeley Catalyst Program for Emerging Leaders 2013-2014
    Founding Director and Faculty for Columbia Artist/Teacher Program 2002-2007
    Board Member for The New School of Berkeley 2010 - Present
    Trained in productivity models including “Getting Things Done” systems - ongoing