Commencement 2017 Keynote Speaker

Joanne Grossi - Keynote SpeakerThursday, May 18, 2017.   

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker is Joanne Grossi – Class of 1979

Most recently appointed to the position of AARP Pennsylvania State President, Joanne Grossi has over 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy, and legislative affairs.

Before joining AARP, Ms. Grossi served for seven years as the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked with federal, state and local officials in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia leading the charge on many different health and human services issues.

Prior to this appointment to HHS, Joanne served as the Deputy Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Before her time in Pennsylvania state government, Ms. Grossi served for 13 years as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, where she oversaw international health programs in developing countries.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Grossi worked as a Legislative Assistant for Pennsylvania Congressman Peter Kostmayer and spent three years at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy, where she worked as a special Assistant to Ambassador Millicent Fenwick. 

Joanne earned a master's degree in International Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and completed additional graduate education at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene. She also holds a BA degree in Journalism from Temple University and her AA from Bucks County Community College in Liberal Arts.