Joan Mower is head of Development at the Voice of America (VOA), the largest U.S. international broadcaster.
She oversees special broadcasting and training projects around the world. In 2007-2008, she worked at the Department of State, handling public affairs on Sudan and Darfur. She has done extensive media training and public speaking in the United States and abroad. Previously, she was the acting director Public Relations at VOA and the Communications Coordinator at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
She joined the BBG after serving as the director of international programs/Africa and Latin America at The Freedom Forum/Newseum. At the foundation, she promoted press freedom, working with journalists, governments and the private sector. She is also a former Foreign Service Officer.
Mower began her career as a journalist with UPI. In Washington, she worked for the Associated Press, covering the State Department, Congress and the White House. She graduated from the University of California/Berkeley with a degree in political science, and she holds an M.A. in African Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.