Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance and ESG Programs
Joan C. Conley is a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance & ESG Programs at Nasdaq. On December 31, 2020, Joan retired from her role as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at Nasdaq. In her former role, Joan was responsible for the Nasdaq Global Corporate Governance Program, the Nasdaq Global Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and the Nasdaq Educational Foundation. Joan also served as Managing Director of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation from 1994–2020 and founding Board Member of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center from 2014–2020.
Prior to joining Nasdaq in 2001, Joan was the NASD (now FINRA) Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary from 1994–2001 and Director of Human Resources from 1986–1994, having joined NASD as a Management Trainee in the fall of 1982. Joan began her career as a Business/Human Resource Analyst at Bentley, Barnes & Lynn Advertising Agency in 1978 and then joined the National Academy of Science as a Research Associate/Writer in 1980.
Joan holds a Master of Science, with honors, in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.A. in Communications and Economics from Dominican University. Joan is a longstanding member of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum, and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Joan has served, for decades, on the Board and Audit Committees of several non-profit organizations, including the Board of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, the Board of the Christ Child Society, and the Finance Council and Audit Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington. D.C.
In 2020, Joan received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Corporate Governance and the Best Proxy Statement Award for a Large Cap Company from Corporate Secretary Magazine.