Joanne is the Co-Founder of The Joanne Weaver Group. We opened up shop in 2007 with the guiding principle that good user-centered design is a kindness to our fellow human beings - it makes life easier and more beautiful. Her guiding philosophy is to only work with the best of the best, have laser-like focus, provide a high degree of customization and attention to detail, and most importantly, infuse it all with a sense of shared purpose and humor.
Her path to The Joanne Weaver Group began at the early San Francisco dotcom start-up Scient, where she fell in love with the industry and its entrepreneurial spirit. She later made New York City her home, and after years of recruiting top digital talent for boutique design firms and F500 clients at a boutique staffing agency, she worked in-house at Razorfish as their national UX talent sourcer. There, she became integrated into the UX community as a guide, connector, and a friendly presence to all.
Joanne participates in several professional organizations, serving as speaker, mentor and general supporter to IxDA, UxPA, ITP, GA, ADPList.org, and ERA, and she has written as a guest blogger and been featured in video interview series focusing on UX recruitment. She has a degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, is a Chi Omega Sorority alumna (and was chapter president for a year), and avidly played competitive sports from an early age, including soccer, crew and field hockey.
She is an unwavering supporter of people following all their dreams in life, and she walks the walk herself. Music is a long-standing passion in her life, and she currently performs live whenever she can. She’s crooned on the stages of The Flatiron Room, The McKittrick Hotel (home of “Sleep No More”), The Django, Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, Pete’s Candy Store, The Bitter End, The Wooly, and Theatre 80. She’s released multiple albums and music videos through various projects. She also enjoys being “Auntie Jojo” to her two nephews in Memphis, world travel, hosting musical hootenanies. She lives in Brooklyn and upstate with her longtime dude and their 2 kitties Percy and Lily.
Rebecca is the Co-Founder of The Joanne Weaver Group. In addition to having a well-respected career in recruiting since 2007, her approach is informed by her earlier career background as a digital PM, small business manager, and career coach. She and Joanne met when a mutual candidate connected them, recognizing their shared high-caliber approach to recruitment, as well as their creative pursuits as artists.
With her history in the agency trenches, Rebecca has a deep understanding of the positions she recruits for from the inside out. Prior to recruiting, she was a digital PM for high-profile network agencies including Ogilvy, Tribal DDB, and Health Science Communications (Omnicom), as well as boutique independent digital shops including Fusebox and SuperNova. As a seasoned department head and hiring manager, she understands the intricacies and importance of building an effective team that clicks. And with her wide reach, she helps her clients tap into the vast professional network that she built by working as an insider for over a decade.
Rebecca’s passion is helping people get to the next stage in their careers, often with the focus on realizing their creative goals. She has a professional certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), a degree in English Literature from McGill University, and is a proud alumna of New York City’s own Stuyvesant High School. She enjoys attending professional networking events for associations including UxPA and IxDA, and has volunteered as a “speed resume reviewer” for UxPA and the New York Public Library, and as a presenter and portfolio reviewer for General Assembly and NYU’s ITP program.
A native New Yorker, Rebecca enjoys exploring her city as well as jetting about internationally. In addition, Rebecca is a visual artist--working in the very non-digital mediums of embroidery, analog collage, and pen & ink--and has exhibited her work at galleries and museums around North America including New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Provincetown.