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Joanna Fox: In Memoriam

Joanna Fox: In Memoriam

It is with a heavy heart that we are sharing some sad news. Late on Friday, May 29, 2020 Joanna Fox passed away unexpectedly due to ongoing health issues. 

Joanna worked at the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) for over 15 years as a program developer and senior program officer, and was planning to retire this June.  At CSOS, she made major contributions to the research, development, and dissemination efforts, including Talent Development Secondary and the Baltimore Talent Development High School; the evaluation of Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate effort; Building a GradNation’s annual reports on improving the nation’s high school graduation rate with CIVIC; implementation and study of early warning systems and 9th grade promotion coaches in Alabama; and most recently, the Pathways to Adult Success project, the direction and development of which she helped to shape in her role as co-director. 

Through all this, she was a force of nature, free-thinking, insightful, and speaking her mind, always pushing in smart and creative ways to help the students and communities least-served by existing supports and institutions.  She made a difference and will be missed.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a memorial service until 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations are being made to the Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco, CA.

In these challenging times, Joanna would push us all to keep doing what matters.


Bob, Charlene, Amanda, and Ann and the entire CSOS Team