Joanne acquired her Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. During her junior year she became part of the national exchange program. She completed a year at Binghamton University in New York and became the Public Affairs Chair for a student organization named “Diverse Cultural Excellence.” She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During her academic career Fernandez had various internships including; InQ Enterprises in Puerto Rico, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and ESPN. Fernandez is also certified in Event Coordination.