Joan Sorensen

Joan W. Sorensen has had a long career in development, alumni relations and higher education administration. She has also been a fundraising consultant to numerous non-profit organizations in Providence, Rhode Island and Deer Isle, Maine.

She graduated from Brown University in 1972 and has served in various volunteer roles ever since. She was a regional vice chair for the $1.6 billion Campaign for Academic Enrichment and was a member of the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council. She was the Brown Annual Fund Co-Chair from 2007-2010. She previously served on the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors, as a regional chair of the Brown Alumni Schools Committee and as the first female President of the Brown Club of RI. She currently is serving her second six year term on the Brown University Corporation.

Joan currently serves on Brown’s Library Advisory Council, Admissions Advisory Council, Committee for the Fund for the Children of Providence and the 250th Anniversary Committee. She has received numerous awards from Brown for her volunteerism and fundraising.

In addition to her volunteering at Brown, she has also served on the boards of many non-profit organizations and independent schools in Providence and Deer Isle, Maine. She currently serves on the board of Sophia Academy, an all girls’ inner city middle school in Providence. She is on the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Board in Deer Isle, Maine and is a founding board member of Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine. In addition, she also serves on the Charles Maddock Foundation Board in NYC.

She has received numerous awards from Brown for her volunteerism and fundraising. She has received the Alumni Service Award, the Brown Bear Award, the H. Anthony Ittleson Award, and the Elwood "Woody" Leonard Award for distinguished achievement.