Joanie Mahoney

Joanie Mahoney

President of SUNY ESF

Joanie Mahoney is President of The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, New York, having been appointed to the position in November 2020.

Previously, Joanie served 11 years as County Executive for Onondaga County where she oversaw a county government which served 460,000 residents. During her tenure as County Executive, Joanie made diversity and equity major tenets of her administration and created policies in county government to diversify the county workforce. By 2018, her last year in office, 30% of the 500 people hired that year were members of minority groups.

Prior to elective office, Joanie worked as an attorney and she has served on several boards, including the Syracuse chapter of NAACP for several years.

Joanie serves as chair of the New York State Thruway Authority and co-chairs the Governor’s Task Force for Reimagine the Canals.

Joanie received her B.S. from Syracuse University’s School of Management in 1987 and then her Juris Doctor from S.U.’s College of Law in 1990.

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