Dr. Joanne Carter is the Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), a grassroots advocacy organization generating the public and political will to end the root causes of poverty globally and in the United States. She joined RESULTS/REF as Legislative Director in 1992, was appointed Associate Executive Director in 2007 and Executive Director in 2008. As Legislative Director of RESULTS/REF, she worked with key Administration and Congressional allies, partners, and technical agencies orchestrating U.S. and international campaigns to tackle major diseases of poverty (particularly tuberculosis (TB) and major child killers). She worked with them to increase access to education (including abolition of school fees), expand economic opportunity for the poorest, and reform World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies.

RESULTS has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund, expansion of global TB funding, and legislation to ensure that at least half of microenterprise development resources are devoted to those living on less than $1 a day. RESULTS was also a leader on an initiative to support countries to eliminate school fees for public primary school, and to put in place provisions that require U.S. representatives to the World Bank and IMF to oppose user fees for primary health and education. As the Project Leader for the global TB advocacy project, ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally), Dr. Carter has guided this multi-partner, multi-year campaign to mobilize increased financial resources in the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, and Canada. Her work helped overcome key policy constraints in India and Kenya for the expansion of effective TB treatment.

Dr. Carter regularly organizes media briefings on breaking legislative and technical news, and works with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; the Stop TB Partnership; the World Health Organization; GAVI; and other international organizations. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Board Member to the Global Fund representing the Developed Country NGOs Delegation (and is currently the interim Alternate Board Member). In 2005, she served as the first Chair of the Advocacy, Communications and Social Mobilization Working Group of the global Stop TB Partnership, a partnership of over 500 organizations globally.

Dr. Carter has a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from Cornell University. She was a VISTA volunteer, a recruiter for the Peace Corps and a RESULTS volunteer Group Leader and Regional Coordinator for four years in the New York City area.