Joann Baney - Columbia University


School of International and Public Affairs
Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Joann Baney teaches in the Executive MPA program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and has taught courses in the Executive MBA program at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and in the University’s Speech Department.  She is faculty director of the FDNY Officers Management Institute and is on the faculty of the NYPD’s Police Management Institute, both part of Columbia’s Executive Education programs.  She teaches in a variety of other executive programs including the King Khalid Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   Through SIPA, she has taught groups of executives visiting from China, Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia. She has taught at Dartmouth’s Tuck School, NYU’s Stern School and UNC’s Graduate Business School.  She also teaches at Externado University in Bogota, Colombia, and for various universities and government agencies in the Republic of Georgia.

Professor Baney is the co-founder and Vice President of the Professional Development Company, Inc., a communications consulting firm in New York City.  She coaches senior executives and presents customized communication training programs to corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.  Some of her clients include: Del Monte Foods, Trinity Church Wall Street, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Cornell Medical Center, Federal Aviation Administration, LendLease Americas, the RobinHood Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and UPC Wind Management. 

As the Associate Director of the Professional Development Center at Columbia Business School, she oversaw the management communications program for MBA students, supervising a staff of 16 instructors that taught presentation skills, writing, interviewing, team and interpersonal skills. Before working at Columbia, she was Director of Communications for a Management Consulting consortium, managing all marketing and public relations activities.  In addition to consulting and teaching, Joann has performed as a singer and actress in numerous off-Broadway productions.  One of her current endeavors is

Joann has a BA with Dean’s Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia. She recently published _Guide to Interpersonal Communication _through Prentice Hall.  In 2011, Professor Baney’s course at SIPA was rated in the top five out of nearly 200 courses.


  • MBA, Columbia University
  • BA, University of Chicago


  • FDNY Officers Management Institute
  • NYPD''s Police Management Institute
  • Professional Development Company, Inc.

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