Joanne Berdebes currently serves as the Director for Institutional Giving. Prior to joining the American School as a consultant in 2016, Ms. Berdebes worked at Columbia University, where she spent ten years in various leadership positions and from 2009-2016 served as the Associate Vice Dean for Research Administration and Finance for the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her primary expertise is in proposal development and post-award management, steering complex research operations, interpreting and operationalizing policy, strategic planning, and change management. She also brings high level expertise in strategic communications, foundation/corporate relations and project management. Ms. Berdebes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.