Joanne Rencher
Chief People Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

With more than 22 years of experience across the profit, non-profit, domestic and global arenas, Joanne brings a wealth of executive leadership experience to her roles. 

She began her business and human resources career in a bond insurance company – Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC) – as part of the GE/GE Capital conglomerate.  Working with bond analysts and senior leaders at GE/GE Capital, Joanne was part of the team that led FGIC through a proactive company ‘reinvention’.  She won several leadership and other awards during her tenure at FGIC.

In 2001, she was recruited to build a global human resources unit from the ground floor, and nearly 7 years later, Joanne was leading a matrixed team on 4 continents and in 6 countries for the first public-private partnership to work on advocacy and vaccine research/development for an AIDS vaccine – the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).  Funded by Bill Gates through his foundation, IAVI went on to establish a presence in over 23 countries.

At the American Red Cross, Joanne held both human resources and P&L responsibilities as a member of the executive team at the largest regional office.  There, she led efforts to establish a shared services model, simplifying lines of reporting consolidating operations and improving performance.  She conceptualized an innovative revenue-generation initiative which produced a diverse portfolio of ideas to increase revenue at a critical juncture for the largest Region of the Red Cross. 

Joanne has served as a nonprofit consultant for the sector, advising senior leaders, Board members and staff at leading-edge organizations in the education, economic development and social services industries – among them, College Possible (recognized by President Obama for its innovative approach to coaching and support for low income students seeking college admission), Room to Read, and the Children’s Aid Society.

She currently serves as the Chief People Officer of the national office of the Girl Scouts of the USA – the preeminent leadership development organization for girls – and is a member of the executive team.

With a passion for developing business leaders across the HR field, Joanne recently founded Who’s Got Next in HR?, Inc. (WGNinHR) to challenge conventional wisdom around career paths for HR professionals.  Joanne is an avid writer who has authored several articles on her own site ( as well as on LinkedIn.  She holds a B.S. in Business, Management and Economics from the State University of New York’s Empire State College.