Joan Sanger received a BA from Wellesley College in Psychology. After graduation, she returned to her native Texas on a grant to photograph Central Texas. She later graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1983. After studying in England and managing a successful political campaign, Joan became the staff attorney for Texas State Senator Chet Edwards.
She began working for State Treasurer Ann Richards and initiated and designed the Treasury ethics program. She advised the Ms. Richards on public policy positions and later drafted most of the issue papers for Ms. Richards’ successful bid for Texas Governor in 1990.
Joan began her own ethics training firm in 1989 and has provided services to 23 Texas state agencies. She moved to Canada in 1994, part time, and designed and taught a leadership, communications and entrepreneurship course at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Most recently, Joan has developed an Internet program to allow readers and nonreaders to handle their career assessment, planning and research and even business startup in both Spanish and English. Different versions have been used or will be used by American Airlines, the Counties of El Paso and Tarrant in Texas, the Counties of Adams, Denver and El Paso in Colorado, the Communications Workers, Senior Service America, SER National, CCA, IAM Boeing, and parts of Laredo and Houston.
She has presided over many committees, commissions, and charities—the longest as the five year President of the Foundation Board for the Association for Retarded Citizens of Texas. Other Chairmanships include: Chair of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Ethics and Public Policy Reform Platform Committee, Chair of the WCI Parent Council, Chair of Team Kitchener’s Implementation Committee, and Chair of the Restaurant Committee for Kid's Ability, Waterloo. She also served on the Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Ethics as the only non-judge, the KW Chamber US business exchange planning committee, and the Science and Business Advisory Board at UW, She is now on the SB Newcomer's Architectural Committee, and is planning to be involved with SVP, Entrepreneurs without Borders in the coming year.
She has gone on two U.S. State Department missions, one to assist the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to develop ethics government monitoring systems and leadership training, career and economic development programs for unemployed Jordanians, and teach entrepreneurship to Jordanian women, as well as a similar program to Rwanda and Cote d’ Ivoire. She assists a new pre-employment assessment company and plans to develop an applied leadership online program. She also has a photography program that will be accompanied by lectures and events beginning in October 2017. It is a humorous social commentary on handheld devices, but with serious talks about the challenges of modern human interaction.
Joan lives between Santa Barbara, California, Waco, Texas and Waterloo, Ontario.