JoAnne Page is the Executive Director of the Fortune Society, one of the oldest and most established ex-offender advocacy and service organizations in the country. The organization offers more than a dozen programs including mental health and substance abuse treatment, counseling, family services, HIV/AIDS health services, employment services, and housing. Under Ms. Page’s stewardship, The Fortune Society opened the Fortune Academy in 2002, a residence housing men and women who have been released from prison into homelessness, and in August 2010, launched Castle Gardens, an 114,000 sq. ft., mixed use, green, supportive and affordable housing development with 114 units.
Ms. Page practiced as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1989 she developed and managed alternative to incarceration programs for the Court Employment Project in New York City. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation and served as a member of the National Criminal Justice Commission.