Joan Spirytus
Joan SpirytusDirector

Joan is a Director in Next Street’s Chicago office, where she partners with clients across the civic, social, and private sectors on strategic planning and other advisory projects.

Joan has experience in corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and product management across the private and social sectors. Prior to joining Next Street, Joan was Vice President of Strategy and Development for Corporate & Public Affairs at Edelman, where she helped to shape and launch their Advisory Services practice.

On working at Next Street

I was drawn to Next Street because I wanted to create a positive impact in my community through my work, and I was excited about the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients towards creating a more inclusive economy.

Previously, Joan served as Director of Business Development and Marketing at Grenzebach Glier and Associates, a management consulting firm serving nonprofits; as Director of Development for an edTech start-up; and as a Senior Product Manager at Amazon.

Joan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Outside of Next Street

Outside of work Joan likes to spend time with family and friends, at the ceramics studio, or exploring the Chicago music scene.