practitioner bio



  • Mailing Address
  • Baruch College/CUNY
  • School of Public Affairs
  • One Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901
  • New York NY, 10010


Joanne Rencher is the Chief Business and Talent Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA, and the fFounder of Who’s Got Next in HR?. With 25 years of business leadership experience, Joanne serves as the Chief Business and Talent Officer with responsibilities for the strategies and execution of all talent and culture activities at the Girl Scouts of the USA. Joanne also provides strategic leadership of the Girl Scouts’ Cultural Assets, with a focus on increasing investments and elevating the brand through GSUSA's unique physical properties, history, and collections. With her passion for developing business leaders across the HR field, Joanne founded Who’s Got Next in HR?, Inc. - a membership based organization challenging conventional wisdom around career paths for HR professionals who dare to ask ‘what’s next?’ She served as the Vice President of Human Capital for The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and as a nonprofit consultant, leading innovations in the education reform and nonprofit sectors, respectively. Before working as a nonprofit consultant, Joanne served as the Chief People Officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York where she held both human resources and P&L responsibilities as a member of the executive team. In 2001, she was recruited to build a global human resources unit from the ground floor, ultimately leading a matrixed team on 4 continents and in 6 countries for the first public-private partnership to work on advocacy and vaccine research/development for an AIDS vaccine the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). She began her career in a bond insurance company, part of the GE/GE Capital conglomerate and as a member of the team that led FGIC through a proactive company ‘reinvention’, winning several leadership awards. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management and Economics from the State University of New York’s Empire College. She is the author of numerous articles, including her writings, “People Analytics: The “Flywheel Effect” for the field of HR (HR People + Strategy) in 2016, and How Companies Kill Innovation (HR People + Strategy) in 2016.