Joan Siefert RosePresident, Council for Economic Development (CED)
Joan joined the Council for Economic Development (CED) in August 2008 as president. Her responsibilities include creating programming and services, fundraising, strategic planning, and community outreach for the nation’s oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization. Joan led a strategic initiative to reorganize and rebrand CED, which coincided with the organization’s 25th birthday in 2009. She has formed alliances with other entrepreneurial and economic development groups, including partnerships with the region’s entrepreneurship programs at UNC, Duke, NC State and NC Central, in support of CED’s 5,500 active members.
She spent more than 30 years in broadcasting as a radio manager, journalist, and talk show host, winning both the DuPontColumbia award and the George Foster Peabody award, broadcast journalism’s top honors. She served as general manager of North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC 91.5 FM in Chapel Hill from 2001 prior to joining CED, and held positions at commercial and public radio stations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also worked for several years in health care planning and marketing. Joan has an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations.