Joann Baney- SIPA

Joann Baney

Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Personal Details

Professor Baney is the Director of Public Safety Executive Programs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).  She is faculty director of the FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI) for the New York City Fire Department, and the Police Management Institute (PMI) for the New York City Police Department. Professor Baney teaches in the Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA) program at SIPA, and has also taught in Columbia’s Executive MBA program, the University’s Speech Department, the Mailman Graduate School of Public Health, the Film School, the Medical School, Post Doctoral programs, and has also worked with faculty teams at Columbia’s Fu School of Engineering. 

At Columbia Business School Executive Education, she has served as faculty director for the IPADE CEO Leadership Program and the General Management Leadership Program.  She has taught in various executive programs such as the King Khalid Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Executive Development Program, Senior Leaders’ Program, Eruditas, Sabanci, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and others.  At SIPA, she has taught groups of executives and government representatives visiting from China, Malaysia, Ireland and Saudi Arabia, and at Externado University in Bogota, Colombia, as well as various universities and government agencies in the Republic of Georgia and in Qatar.  In 2016, she visited China as a representative of Columbia University to the government of Tianjin.  She has also taught at Dartmouth’s Tuck School, NYU’s Stern and Wagner Schools, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School, and Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

Professor Baney is co-founder and Vice President of the Professional Development Company (PDC), a communications consulting firm in New York City (NYC).  She coaches senior executives and presents customized programs to organizations such as: Dow Jones, State Farm Insurance, Mubadala Investment Company, The Wall Street Transcript, Del Monte Foods, Trinity Church Wall Street, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Cornell Medical Center, Whyte & Mackay, Lend Lease Americas, RobinHood, UPC Wind Management , Branca USA, ActiveViam and numerous government agencies.  PDC is certified in NYC as a Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

As Associate Director of the Professional Development Center at Columbia Business School, she oversaw the management communications program, teaching classes and supervising a staff of 16 instructors who taught presentation skills, writing, interviewing, team and interpersonal skills. Additionally, she worked with faculty and PhD candidates in developing their course design and teaching skills. Prior to working at Columbia, she was Director of Communications for a Management Consulting consortium, managing all marketing and public relations activities. A classically trained vocalist, she has performed extensively as a singer and actress in numerous off-Broadway productions and with many choirs and jazz ensembles. 

Professor Baney has a BA with Dean’s Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia. She is the author of Guide to Interpersonal Communication through Prentice Hall. A recipient of SIPA’s Outstanding Teaching Award, Professor Baney has also received numerous awards for her popular EMPA course that has been rated in the top five out of nearly 200 courses for over seven years and received the highest possible evaluations in 2016.  Professor Baney serves on the Board of Trustees of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In recognition of her commitment to the FDNY, Professor Baney has been sworn in as an Honorary Battalion Chief.


  • MBA, Columbia University
  • BA, University of Chicago


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