Deputy Director and Senior Scenarist, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability.
Joan has brought to Nautilus an extensive executive background in the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Institute in 2001, her career included executive responsibilities in business planning/strategy, organization transformation, and all administrative functions in Fortune 500 companies, research institutes, and in the Silicon Valley telecommunications industry. She is the Executive Director of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere, a Stanford University initiative addressing the gap between knowledge of global problems and societies’ failure to act. As a visiting scholar at the Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, she oversees the Institute of Foresight Intelligence.
As Deputy Director at Nautilus, she is responsible for international staff and strategic operations including developing governance systems for the “nodal” dispersed structure of Nautilus. The international organization strives simultaneously for separate cultures and a central identity, which creates many unusual management, communication, and accountability challenges. As the Senior Scenarist, Joan oversees and facilitates scenario workshops on a wide range of human security issues. She has lead workshops throughout Northeast Asia and the US on topics as diverse as climate change and adaptation, nuclear next use, higher education planning, and civil society futures. During her career, she has served as a trustee of over fifteen educational, service, and research institutes.