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Joan Wasser Gish and her husband Jason live in Newton. They have two daughters. Joan is a Director at the Boston College Center for Thriving Children where she leverages knowledge from research and implementation to inform education policy and practice nationally and internationally. Joan previously served in the United State Senate, on a Presidential Campaign, and in a nonprofit focused on children and families. She was twice appointed by the Governor to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care, and is a past member of several non profit boards, including the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel and an Israeli non-profit, Educating for Excellence. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Joan received her MA from Columbia University Teachers’ College, and her JD, with honors, from Columbia University School of Law. At JF&CS, Joan is a member of the Center for Early Relationship Support Advisory Committee and her family is engaged with Family Table and Center for Basic Needs Assistance. Joan enjoys time with family and friends, exercise, reading, writing, travel, and art.

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