Joanna Bache Tobin

Joanna Bach Tobin Joanna Bache Tobin was elected to represent Councilmanic District 6 on the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County in November 2020 and began a four-year term on December 7, 2020.

Dr. Tobin holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree from St. John's College, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She received her early education while attending local schools in Hong Kong, Zambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ghana as the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer before returning to Pennsylvania for high school.

Dr. Tobin previously was a member of the faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, where she taught throughout the curriculum.  She now works independently as a consultant, moderating leadership seminars for the Aspen Institute and chairing accreditation teams evaluating public charter school networks around the country. Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Tobin worked as an actress and in arts administration.

In volunteer service, Dr. Tobin has worked in a number of different capacities in the community.  She previously served as chair of the Anne Arundel County Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Recycling. At Annapolis Friends Meeting she was the co-chair of the children's religious education committee. She has also served on and chaired the board of a local private school.  Most recently, she served as vice president of the PTSA at Annapolis High School for three years. She is also a member of The Colonial Players, where she has appeared in several productions.

Dr. Tobin lives in Annapolis with her husband, daughter, mother and their beloved rescue dog.  The Tobins’ daughter is currently a student at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Dr. Tobin and her husband have lived in Annapolis since 1999.