JoAnn Heffernan Heisen was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2011.
Business leader Heffernan Heisen retired in June 2008 from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) after 19 years in senior leadership. She joined J&J in 1989 as assistant treasurer and the corporation's first investor relations officer. In 1991, Heffernan Heisen was named treasurer and became the first female officer of the company. In 1995, she was named corporate controller and in 1997, was appointed vice president, chief information officer, and a member of and the first woman to serve on the J&J Executive Committee. She became the company's first chief global diversity officer in 2006. Prior to joining J&J in 1989, Heffernan Heisen was vice president, Corporate Affairs, and a member of the Executive Committee at Primerica Corporation. Previously she served as chief financial officer for Kenmill Textile Corporation and as a second vice president and commercial lending officer with The Chase Manhattan Bank.
Heffernan Heisen is a member of the board of directors of the Vanguard Group, Inc., and its more than 230 mutual funds. She is also a member of the boards of the Skytop Lodge Corporation and Poconos Mountains Music Festival. She is a member of the advisory board of the Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership. She is past president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, an honoree of the Princeton YWCA’s 1995 Tribute to Women in Industry, and the recipient of the 1996 Johnson & Johnson Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award. In 2005, Heffernan Heisen received the first Jill Ker Conway Women in Business Leadership Award, presented by Smith College. In l994, she received Syracuse University's Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 1998, Marymount Manhattan College’s Women in Urban Leadership Award.
Heffernan Heisen graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in economics.