Joelle Ziemian brought to Sweet Briar nearly 30 years of strategic communications experience in the corporate, nonprofit, international development, and government sectors.
She spent seven years at Lipman Hearne, a full-service communications firm serving the nonprofit space. There she partnered with colleges, universities, and foundations to deepen brand awareness and attract media attention. International clients included Qatar’s Supreme Education Council and the Supreme Council of Information, Communication and Technology. She led a U.S. State Department communications project for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and a USAID effort for Mongolia’s Ministry of Fuel and Energy.
Joelle began her career as a TV reporter in York, PA before moving to the Pennsylvania Senate as a press secretary. A press secretary role for a Pennsylvania Member of Congress took her to Washington, DC. She later moved to the U.S. Department of Energy and then to the private sector where she lobbied and served public affairs clients. She also worked for one year in Romania helping NGOs get their message out in what was then a new democracy.