Joan Gerhardt

Joan Gerhardt

Vice President —

Joan Gerhardt is the Environmental Practice Leader of Behan Communications. She counsels manufacturing and corporate clients dealing with state and local environmental reviews of siting projects, facility expansions, and environmental remediation projects. She works closely with client management and legal and technical teams to promote project benefits and garner broad support.

She has developed multi-faceted community awareness and grassroots education programs, and has represented client goals and project details to media, stakeholders, government agencies and elected officials. Prior to joining Behan Communications in 1996, she assisted New York State legislators in developing legislative and political agendas, constituent service and community awareness programs, and media relations.

She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and religious studies from the University of Rochester. Joan has completed executive development programs at the Harvard Business School and Public Relations Society of America.

She is the former president of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, is a member of PRSA and the University of Rochester Alumni Association, and is actively involved with local Parent Teacher Student Organization activities. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Douglas, and their two sons, Mitchell and Zachary.


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