Joann E. Flaminio has been a member of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon, since 1993 and has served on the B.A.A. Board of Governors since 1996. In January 2011, she became the 23rd president of the B.A.A., and more importantly, the first woman to ever lead the 130-year-old athletic organization. She was at the helm of the organization in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and helped shape its response to the tragedy.
Recently, she represented the Boston Athletic Association at the 29th running of the Marabena Marathon in Havana, Cuba, as part of one of the first U.S. running groups to visit Cuba to participate in a road race there. She has also represented the B.A.A. at a number of the Abbott World Marathon Majors events, including the New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo Marathons.
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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Switzer becoming the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon while wearing a bib number, a pioneering event in women’s athletics.
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 21 years on the Board, Flaminio has worked to solidify the long-term financial security of the Boston Marathon, thus enabling the continued expansion of its athletic and community programming. 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 graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School, and was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal bar in 1983. In addition to her volunteer role at the B.A.A., she is employed by Fidelity Investments as a Vice-President in its Public Affairs and Policy Group. Prior to coming to Fidelity, Ms. Flaminio 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 Board.