Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Welcome Joan Harrington

Joan Harrington is the Ethics Center's new assistant director of Social Sector Ethics

Joan Harrington is the Ethics Center's new assistant director of Social Sector Ethics

New assistant director, Social Sector Ethics

The Ethics Center welcomes Joan Harrington as new assistant director of Social Sector Ethics. Harrington graduated from Stanford University and earned a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society for lawyers. She spent the early years of her career as a trial and appellate attorney in Connecticut. At SCU Law, she was associate clinical professor of law and director of Academic and Professional Development until 2014. She also taught “Law of Nonprofit Organizations,” and continues as a Lecturer at the Law School. 

Harrington has worked extensively in the social sector, including serving as general counsel of the international relief and development agency, Save the Children. She has consulted with nonprofits and philanthropists in such areas as strategic planning, program design, nonprofit formation, and fundraising. Harrington also served as Chair of the Board of Governors of Public Advocates, and has counseled a number of boards on governance issues. 

“I am honored to be working with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics,  and I look forward to partnering with local nonprofits and philanthropists interested in the ethical issues facing the social sector,” she comments.  “I also look forward to continuing my connection with students at Santa Clara University who have an interest in giving back to the community, to help them become the best volunteers, donors, and workers in the social sector now and after graduation.”

You can contact Harrington here on her staff page. Enjoy her first All ABout Ethics blog post, "What Nonprofits Should Do Now in Response to the Tax Bill."

Dec 5, 2017

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