2021 SUNY New Paltz Women's Leadership Summit

Joanna Sawyer ’09

Joanna Sawyer ’09Senior Manager

Talent Acquisition for Practicing Law Institute (PLI)

Major: English


Joanna Sawyer has ten years of talent acquisition experience and currently serves as a senior manager, Talent Acquisition for Practicing Law Institute (PLI), a non-profit learning organization based in New York City. She is responsible for sourcing and hiring top talent for all departments within the organization. Most recently her focus has been recruiting for sales, marketing and IT. Prior to her time at PLI, Joanna worked as a recruiter in a global management consulting firm and several staffing agencies. Her favorite part about working in recruitment is seeing those she helped to hire get promoted and grow their careers.

Joanna graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in English. A Queens native, she currently resides in Astoria, which is not too far from her hometown of Whitestone. Despite her New York City roots, she loved living in the Mid-Hudson Valley during college and misses New Paltz most during the fall.