Robin Hood: How long have you worked at Robin Hood?
Joanna: About three and a half years (I joined in April 2008)
RH: What is your role at Robin Hood?
Joanna: I’m Robin Hood’s General Counsel, which means I am Robin Hood’s in-house lawyer. I help Robin Hood manage risk while achieving its goals to eliminate poverty in New York City.
RH: How long have you been training?
Joanna: I “officially” (according to my training schedule) started training in July, but I started building up mileage and mentally psyching myself up to do this in the spring.
RH: Have you ever run a marathon before? If not, what’s the most you’ve run so far?
Joanna: This is my first marathon—or anything close to it! My longest training run was 21 miles.
RH: What has been the hardest part of training?
Joanna: Getting up before 5:30 in the morning to run, especially in recent weeks since it is still very dark outside at that time of day.
RH: Is anyone coming to cheer you on at the race?
Joanna: My husband and four-year-old daughter, plus my parents (my dad ran three NYC marathons and he is an inspiration to me) and my sister. A bunch of friends, including a group of women I went to law school with—we have brunch together the first Sunday of every month so they’ll be heading out to see me after having brunch. And I hope to see my Robin Hood colleagues out there too!