Born May 2, 1929, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.


  • Lycée Français de New York, 1938-46, 1er Baccalauréat

  • Wellesley College. B.A. 1950, major in Biblical History, Wellesley College Scholar

  • University de Bordeaux, Inst. de Science Politiques 1950-1951

  • Syracuse University. Ph.D. in Religion 1978

Marriage of 56 years to Francis Underhill Macy, 1927-2009

  • Fran’s 5 years as Peace Corps director in Nigeria, Tunisia, and India provided formative experiences for Joanna and their three children, 1964-69

  • Fran, a Soviet specialist and lover of Russian culture, co-taught intensives with Joanna and took Deep Ecology Work to countries of the former Soviet Union.

Americans Who Tell The Truth
Portrait collection by Robert Shetterly

Honors & Awards


  • Bioneers Lifetime Contribution Award 2013

Honorary Degrees

  • New College of California, 2001 

  • Starr King School of Ministry, 1998

  • California Insittute of Integral Studies, 1997

  • Alice Lloyd College, 1972


Trainings & Workshops (bulk of teaching) 1978—2018

  • WORK THAT RECONNECTS (aka Despair & Empowerment Work and Deep Ecology Work)

  • Locations: Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Hungary,Japan, India, Sri Lannka, Russia, Ukraine, Belaruss, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United States and Canada. 

Adjunct professor at San Francisco Bay Area Graduate Schools (1988—2014)

  • California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California

  • Starr King School of Ministry, Berkeley, California

  • University of Creating Spirituality and Naropa Oakland, Oakland, California

  • John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California

Earlier academic teaching includes

  • American University (1978-79)

  • Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center (1986)

  • Syracuse University College (1974-76)

  • Schumacher College, England (1994 & 1998)

Prior Professional Engagements 

National Urban League, 1969-71

U.S. Department of State, 1962-64
Protocol officer for African diplomats and civil rights

Central Intelligence Agency, 1952-54
political analyst