Joann E. Flaminio

Flaminio is the B.A.A.'s 23rd President

Joann E. Flaminio has been a member of the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, since 1993 and she has served on its B.A.A. Board of Governors since 1996. In January 2011, she became the 23rd president of the Boston Athletic Association, and more importantly, the first woman to ever lead the 126-year-old athletic organization.  She has been at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings and has helped shape its response to the tragedy.  Prior to her selection as president, she played an active the role on numerous committees responsible for steering the B.A.A.

In June of 2012, Ms. Flaminio participated alongside Dr. Bernice Sandler, women’s running activist Kathrine Switzer, and other national leaders at a Washington, D.C. forum held by the National Women’s Hall of Fame marking the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the legislation which established gender equality in sports. Not coincidentally, the 2012 Boston Marathon also marked the 40th anniversary of the first official female entrants in the celebrated race.

She has represented the Boston Athletic Association on numerous occasions at the Ohme-Hochi Marathon in Japan, an important cultural and athletic exchange race to the Boston Marathon, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and at other athletic events and symposiums.  

With a rich knowledge of the B.A.A. and an appreciation for its history, Flaminio is committed to maintaining the Boston Marathon as one of the pre-eminent road races in the world. In her 17 years with the B.A.A. Board of Governors, Flaminio has worked to strengthen the B.A.A. as an organization and to solidify the long-term financial security of the Boston Marathon, thus enabling the continued expansion of its athletic and community programming.  In fact, she has been at the forefront in expanding the B.A.A.’s community effort which has resulted in a health and wellness initiative within Boston Public Schools.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she is a magna cum laude of Tufts University in Boston and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and she was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal bar in 1983. In addition to her volunteer role at the B.A.A., she is presently employed by Fidelity Investments as a Vice-President in its Workplace Investing division.  Prior to coming to Fidelity, Joann was the first female Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island, and the first woman to serve as a member of the City of Worcester (Mass.) Retirement System.

B.A.A. Moment 5

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

Shown here in 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.