Jo-Ella Podagrosi

Vice President, Marketing

“What you focus on grows.” Buddha


Jo-Ella Podagrosi, Vice President, Marketing, is a seasoned marketing communications strategist, brand storyteller, and change agent who leads the GG+A marketing and business development teams. She provides senior leadership in developing and executing the firm’s marketing to support its short and long-term strategic business plans. The firm’s branding, digital/social strategies, and thought leadership are created and executed by the marketing team and led by Jo-Ella. She works closely with the consultants to advise on personal marketing strategies. The business development team is the center for crafting business proposals in partnership with GG+A consultants. Jo-Ella ensures that these teams are aligned to create consistent, compelling messages that continues to position GG+A as a leader in philanthropic management.

Prior to joining GG+A, Jo-Ella led her own marketing consulting firm, Communication That Works, where her clients included healthcare, technology, and business-to-business institutions. She shepherded her clients through short and long-term strategic marketing goals while providing insight and hands-on marketing support.

Other communications/marketing roles include director of communications and workforce engagement for health/tech start-up, Illuminate HC, where she created its communications infrastructure; and director of transformation communication for the College of American Pathologists where she led a large-scale, research-driven initiative to expand the role and visibility of pathologists under an accountable care healthcare model. At Rush North Shore Hospital, she was its director of marketing and communications and was instrumental in driving brand awareness and culture change over a transformative multi-year period. Earlier communications work included leadership roles at Dragonette, Inc., S&S Public Relations and JP Communications where she developed skills including strategic marketing, client services and project management.

Jo-Ella earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the faculty of DePaul University.

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