Joanne Phillips is a partner in the Real Estate Department of the national law firm Ballard Spahr LLP. She represents business clients, cultural institutions, hospitals and universities in real estate development and finance. In 2006, she was appointed by Governor Rendell as the Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Real Estate, in the Department of General Services. Ms. Phillips oversaw the Bureau and a multi-million dollar portfolio of leased facilities and land for construction of capital projects. Joanne returned to her law firm in 2010. In 2000 Joanne also had the opportunity to work in the Philadelphia Managing Director's Office to advise on streamlining business and economic development processes.
Ms. Phillips has been a leader in professional organizations throughout her career, including Chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Penjerdel Council. She is also active in the Urban Land Institute- Philadelphia, participating in its Scholarship Council and Women's Leadership Initiative. She also was a member of Leadership Philadelphia's Core Class of '99.
Joanne served her community as a member of the Delaware County Open Space Task Force from 2000-2002 and on the Middletown Township Park and Recreation Committee from 1990-1996. She is a licensed soccer coach and a former director of Rose Tree Soccer Club, where she coached boys' and girls' intramural and travel teams for more than 15 years.
Joanne is a summa cum laude graduate of the Delaware Law School of Widener University, where she was valedictorian of her class, and a member of the school's law review Administrative Board, Moot Court Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. She received her B.A. from Ursinus College, with Departmental Honors, where she was a member of the school's nationally-ranked field hockey team.
Joanne and her husband of 35 years, Wade Phillips III who grew up in Springfield, Delaware County, have lived in Middletown Township since 1988, where they raised two children who attended the Rose Tree Media School District schools, participated in music and sports organizations and went on to pursue their education at the University of Michigan and University of Vermont, respectively.