Joanne Pasternack is in her tenth season leading philanthropic efforts for professional sports franchises in the NBA and NFL.
Currently serving as the Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of the Warriors Community Foundation, Joanne oversees all philanthropic programming, fundraising events and corporate social responsibility integration for the Golden State Warriors as a member of the Senior Executive Management Team in support of key club objectives.
Previously, Joanne was the Vice President and Executive Director of Community Relations and 49ers Foundation for the San Francisco 49ers. In this role, she created and managed high visibility philanthropic investments, leveraging the power of the Club’s community involvement to create paths for all children to reach their full potential. To further this objective, Joanne worked with team ownership to facilitate signature fundraising events and the donation of funds to non-profits that support the Foundation’s mission of keeping kids “Safe, on Track and in School.” In 2016, the Foundation donated $4 million to Bay Area charities, including a significant grant to support the expansion of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute to Santa Clara High School, and has donated $40 million since its inception in 1991.
In recognition of their tremendous commitment to philanthropy, the San Francisco 49ers were named ESPN’s Humanitarian Team of the Year in 2017, Beyond Sport’s 2015 Sport Team of the Year for Outstanding Philanthropic Sports Organization and were the 2013 winners of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Steve Patterson Award for Sports Philanthropy. They also supported former 49ers Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin in his successful 2015 campaign for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. In October 2016, Joanne represented the 49ers at the “Sport in the Service of Humanity” convening at The Vatican.
Prior to joining the 49ers in 2008, Joanne served as a senior analyst for the City of Mountain View. Before working for Mountain View, she was the manager of international corporate relations for Special Olympics, Inc., at their headquarters in Washington, DC.
Joanne holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a law degree from Santa Clara University and completed the Executives in Non-Profit Leadership program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Sports Management programs at the University of San Francisco and George Washington University and has guest lectured at Stanford University.
Joanne currently resides in Sunnyvale, CA, with her husband, Robert Bardin, who works for the San Jose Earthquakes, and their children, daughter, Kira, and son, Reid. A strong advocate for inclusion and access, Joanne is on the boards of directors for Special Olympics Northern California/Nevada, the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), and Beyond Sport International.