Joanne Keene

Northern Arizona University

Joanne Keene joined NAU in May 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to President Rita Hartung Cheng. Prior to joining NAU, Joanne worked for almost twenty years in federal, state and local government roles.  Most recently, Joanne worked as the Government Relations Director for Coconino County as the primary legislative advocate for Coconino County on the state and federal levels. Joanne has also served as the Governor’s Northern Arizona Director and spent nine years working for the U.S. House of Representatives, six of those years in Washington, DC.  Prior to moving to Washington, Joanne worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources as a Public Information Officer.  Joanne began her career in public service as a legislative intern for the Governor.  Joanne is a graduate of NAU with a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelors in English and Broadcast Journalism.  Joanne is also a Certified Public Manager through ASU.