TITLE: Executive Director
FOCUS AREAS: Underserved youth, STEM education
CONTACT: Online Form, 408-562-4949
PROFILE: Based in Santa Clara, California, Joanne Pasternack is the executive director of the 49ers Foundation and has been with the team since June 2008. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and George Washington University, where she has taught courses about philanthropic event management and partnerships in sports.
Previously, Pasternack was the vice president and founder of the Mountain View Police Department and a senior analyst for the City of Mountain View.
Her bio shares:
Joanne Pasternack is in her ninth season with the 49ers and currently serves as Vice President and Executive Director of Community Relations and the 49ers Foundation for the San Francisco 49ers. In this role, she oversees all community relations functions for the team, creating and managing high visibility programs based on the 49ers objectives and areas of focus, leveraging the power of community involvement to share the importance of respect and its central role in helping young people become outstanding community citizens. As VP of Community, Joanne works with the NFL, non-profit and corporate partners, publicity/media, and supervises and organizes gameday and training camp events, youth football programs, and all player, coach, ownership, and staff community service activities. In 2015, 100% of players participated in one or more community events, contributing – along with alumni players and ownership – over 700 hours of service. In her role with the Foundation, she works with team ownership to facilitate signature fundraising events and the donation of funds to non-profits that support the Foundation’s mission of keeping kids “Safe, on Track and in School.” In 2015, the Foundation donated $4 million to Bay Area charities, including $1 million to expand the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, and has donated $34.6 million since its inception in 1991.
In recognition of their tremendous commitment to philanthropy, the San Francisco 49ers were named the 2015 Beyond Sport International Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Sports Organization and were the 2013 winners of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Steve Patterson Award for Sports Philanthropy. They were also finalists for the ESPN Humanitarian Sport Team of the Year (2015) and actively supported Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin in his successful 2015 campaign for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.