Jo-Ann Purcell is the Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Nutrition Division in the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
Jo-Ann is responsible for leading and implementing the department’s agenda on Improving maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) which remains Canada’s top development priority.
Jo-Ann has been in the public service for over 10 years and has occupied various positions within the government, she has worked on domestic issues as well as international files. She joined the formerly known, Canadian International Development Agency in 2006 and has served as a spokesperson for the department and most recently joined the division after four years in the Minister’s office as the Senior Departmental Liaison where she provide analysis and advice to senior management on various issues.
Jo-Ann has a Bachelor of Science, concentration in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Leisure, Tourism and Society.