Joan Twiss, MA
Joan M. Twiss, MA, is the founding executive director of the Center for Civic Partnerships, which provides leadership and management support to build healthier communities and more effective nonprofit organizations. She has more than 30 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the local, state and national levels with extensive expertise in program planning, community indicators, implementation, technical support, training, policy development and evaluation.
Twiss is responsible for the center's development, strategic direction, management and program evaluation in both community and organizational development. She designed and continues to direct California Healthy Cities and Communities, the first and largest program of its kind in the United States. She researches, publishes, presents and consults on the factors that allow for aging well in communities.
Twiss currently leads the coaching support function for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health, another PHI program. She has extensive experience leading multiple statewide technical support programs, often as part of comprehensive community health improvement initiatives. She has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and practitioner-oriented publications.
Twiss has a master's in health education, with coursework in urban studies, from the University of Maryland. She also holds a bachelor's in public health from the University of Massachusetts. She is a certified charrette planner.