It is hard to say whether Joanna found this work, or it found her, but she is ideally suited for it. As a teenager, Joanna first exhibited that she is not afraid to try new things and take big risks when she graduated from high school and left her acting career in NYC to move to Los Angeles for college (Yes, she is the only person in the world who moved to Hollywood in order to QUIT acting). Joanna’s idea to give life in Los Angeles a shot lasted for 30 years, but her attempt to get out of the entertainment industry was short-lived, since she ended up with a successful career behind the camera as a communications executive in the television and film industries. After moving within LA 12 times, buying and selling 10 cars, overseeing PR at 5 major media companies, getting 4 graduate degrees while working, and marrying one very nice guy with whom she has an even nicer divorce, Joanna moved back to NYC to spend more time with her mom.
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Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.
The theme of Joanna’s work and life is change. She is a change agent, who is known to some as the Queen of Pivoting, because she embraces change, understands the neuroscience behind why others resist it, and uses communications tactics and psychological theory to help clients drive better outcomes.
As a Board Director, Joanna is a critical thinker and team player with high ethical standards, excellent interpersonal relations and a willingness to respectfully probe and challenge leaders.
Currently, she is an Independent Board Director for KULR Technology Group (NYSE:KULR), where she is Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee, as well as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. She is also an Independent Director on the Board of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that oversees the Golden Globe Awards, and serves as a member of both the M&A and Crisis Communications committees. She is also on the Advisory Board of 8B Education Investments, a for-profit business providing innovative student-financing products for African students studying abroad at world-class universities.
In addition, Joanna is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Marketing Communications Think Tank, a Benefit Corporation she founded that provides thought leadership and expert communications counsel to those who need help messaging complex social issues, such as the environment, gender equality, sexual harassment and racism. She is also on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit organization providing seed funding, mentorship and access to global advisory resources for undergraduate students who are developing entrepreneurial ventures that promote social good. Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors of The Resolution Project as a member of the Audit committee, the University of Southern California New York Alumni Club as a member of the Executive Board, and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services as a Non-Executive Director.