⬅ About

Team bios

Joanne Sonenshine

She/Her

Founder + CEO

Joanne Sonenshine is a development economist with a passion for partnership development, and experiences working with government agencies, large and small corporations, and nonprofits. Joanne focuses on collaboration approaches to solve some of our world's biggest problems. Passionate about societal change, Joanne has devoted her career to helping non-profit decision makers, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs partner for greater impact in their work. ​Joanne is also author of Purposeful Profits: Inside Successful Businesses Making a Positive Global Impact, and ChangeSeekers: Finding Your Path to Impact. Joanne lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two boys.

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Carrie Ferrence

She/Her

COO

Carrie brings more than twenty years’ experience working with small businesses and non-profits to promote resilient and thriving communities to Connective Impact. Most recently, she was Executive Director at City Fruit and co-founder and CEO at Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery, where she worked to improve access to good and fresh food inside of Seattle’s urban core. Prior to Stockbox, Carrie had more than a decade of experience in directing planning, marketing, and operations for non-profits, public organizations, and retail businesses including Second Use Building Materials, Seattle Public Schools, NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala) and more. Carrie was a Kiva Fellow in Tajikistan and an Echoing Green Fellow in social enterprise. She earned a double B.A. in International Relations and Latin America Area Studies from America University and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School).

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Bailey Morton

She/Her

Partnership Strategy, Communications and Research Support

 

Bailey has more than a decade of experience in the international development space, with a passion for partnership, private sector engagement, food security, and inclusive approaches to development. Their career has run the gamut, from USAID and the US Department of State to small nonprofits and independent consulting. She got her start as a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Azerbaijan. Bailey earned both a BA in English Literature and Spanish and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia. She lives with her partner (Nate) and their grumpy Anatolian shepherd (Baxter) in Washington, DC.

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Taylor Cleveland

She/Her

Administrative Support

Taylor Cleveland has a passion for helping others. She previously worked in the public sector as an Economic Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Her experience at the SBA provided valuable insight into the day to day operations of small businesses and the tenacity it takes to be an entrepreneur. More recently, she focuses her time collaborating with entrepreneurs to make a difference on their overall mission. With over 10-years of extensive involvement helping people and businesses grow she is eager to make a global influence with Connective Impact. Taylor resides in Colorado with her husband and two daughters where they take full advantage of the outdoors.