Joanne Pasternack, Golden State Warriors
Joanne Pasternack joined the Golden State Warriors in April 2017 not long after the white-hot franchise began construction of the Chase Center set to open next year in San Francisco.
It was a critical time for the team, not just from a business perspective but also from a philanthropic perspective.
“When ownership reached out, they said they wanted to circle around a more comprehensive philanthropic program as we moved into Chase Center,” said Pasternack, executive director of the Warriors Community Foundation and vice president of community relations. Since joining the franchise, she has increased the foundation’s charitable fundraising by more than 100 percent while leading myriad community development projects.
Prior to joining the Warriors, Pasternack worked for the San Francisco 49ers for a decade making her mark as vice president of community relations.
But when the Warriors called, she jumped at the chance to join one of sports’ biggest brands and create a more unified philanthropic program that links the various departments within the organization.
“It was a new challenge I was looking for,” she said. “I absolutely recognize that I am here in the right time and right place to amplify philanthropy in sports.”
Buoyed by that success, Pasternack will be starting a new role outside of sports later this month when she joins ServiceNow as senior director of global impact. She will develop a global corporate social responsibility portfolio for the cloud computing company based in Santa Clara, Calif. Pasternack also will be responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility and community investment strategy across 70 cities around the world.