Honda-Ohio State Partnership Co-Director
Ms. Pinkerton has a history of implementing solutions to capitalize on Ohio’s rich legacy of transportation, manufacturing and technical resources. She has worked in public, private and academic organizations, and possess deep expertise of how the operations of such entities can be leveraged to develop unique partnerships for faster delivery and economic gain. Upon joining the university in 2012, Ms. Pinkerton served as the chief operating officer at the OSU Center for Automotive Research, one of the university’s largest research enterprises. Now serving as the Co-Director of the Honda-Ohio State Partnership, she is working with the college, university, industry and state executive teams to develop long-term strategies for utilization and growth of the university's transportation expertise and assets.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Pinkerton served as the first person at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) responsible for identifying and implementing prioritization of transportation investments to support growth in manufacturing and logistics industries.
Her career in transportation investment has included engineering responsibilities in Union County (Marysville, Ohio) where she supported development and investment projects along the NW US33 Innovation Corridor, home to many significant automotive and high-tech companies.
Joanna resides in Circleville, Ohio with her sons Colton and Grant. They share a passion for music, sports and outdoor recreational activities. She shares her passion for both the arts and STEM-related education as a board member and volunteer for several groups in Central Ohio where she is involved in providing mentorship and funding for both artistic and advanced technology programs in K-12 schools. Joanna holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.