Educator, Web3, Crypto & Blockchain Enthusiast , Founder- Rare Birds
Jo-Ann is a Teacher, Podcaster, Writer and the Curator of Rare Birds. She was born and raised in St. Croix, Virgin Islands to parents from St. Kitts and Nevis. Her life to date has been an amalgamation of experiences gleaned from living, working and being educated in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to founding Rare Birds, she worked for a decade in the corporate real estate investment and construction industry in multiple roles. Alongside her corporate work she freelanced for social enterprises-focussed on emerging market cultural and development issues. She has done career, business and entrepreneurship mentoring in various communities including: the United Nations Women, Empower Women community based in NYC, the Women’s Economic Forum based in India and the global startup community StartUp Grind.
Since leaving the corporate environment, Jo-Ann has been creating and delivering technology and business curriculum to secondary schools, universities and startup communities. She has done so in the Virgin Islands, UK, India, The Gambia and China.
Jo-Ann is a blockchain, crypto and web 3 enthusiast. She is an EthGlobal Hack Money Hacker Alumni, Gitcoin KERNEL (Genesis Block) Fellow Alumni, SheFi Fellow Alumni and a member of the Phoenix Guild. She founded the Shanghai Codecademy Blockchain Chapter, a first for Codecademy and currently writes a weekly Crypto in Emerging Markets Newsletter.