Transition Management Consulting, Inc.

Joan Goldberg

Interim Executive & Affiliated Consultant

Joan R. Goldberg is a seasoned nonprofit leader with 26 years of experience working collaboratively with professional societies and other nonprofit associations.

A prior decade in communications sharpened her skills and prepared her for leadership positions. The latter include the executive directorship of the American Society for Cell Biology (2005-2012) and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR, 1998-2005). As Principal and Managing Director of Strategic Assessment & Solutions LLC (SAS), she specializes in strategic planning, organizational assessment, leadership coaching, and management training to enhance organizational and individual effectiveness. As an interim executive director and TMC affiliate Joan provides support and guidance to volunteer leadership, and oversight and mentorship to staff. Her strengths include ensuring seamless operations and programmatic excellence.

Among her achievements are diversifying revenue, growing grants and corporate support, expanding membership and meeting attendance, strengthening governance, transforming culture, and instituting strategic planning that marries vision with a focus on achievable organizational goals and metrics.

From 2001 to 2005, while leading ASBMR, she served as Group Executive at SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management company. She mentored and coached junior executive directors and provided assessment and strategic planning to client organizations while addressing staff educational and training needs.

She has also held senior management, communications, and advocacy positions at the National Sleep Foundation, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Washington Psychiatric Society, and taught at the Writer’s Center.

She is an excellent communicator and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, and many other television and radio programs. Joan has authored three books and hundreds of articles in such publications as Association Management, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, USA Today, Success magazine, and more. Her well received articles and presentations (at the Aspen Institute, Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health, and diverse organizations’ annual meetings and retreats) have addressed what boards and staff leaders need to know, leadership vs. management, successful career strategies, effective meetings, international boards, and more.

In 2012 she launched SAS to focus on nonprofit and government problem-solving and advancing individual and organizational effectiveness and mission fulfillment through coaching, consulting, training, and interim leadership. She has served as the interim executive director of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), and in a senior interim position for the American Society of Hematology. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and credentialed by the International Coach Federation, as well as a Vassar College graduate.  She enjoys using her extensive knowledge, experience, and talents to help guide organizations and individuals through transitions while strengthening operations, expanding opportunities, and conducting assessments.

TMC performed a background and credit check on Joan in 2014.

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