About Joann

A bio-scientist, healthcare professional, leader and longtime Fort Collins resident, Dr. Joann Ginal represents House District 52, which includes eastern and central Fort Collins and parts of unincorporated Larimer County.

Rep. Ginal was raised in a working-class family. Her father was a police officer for over 25 years in her hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire. Her mother stayed at home, raised three children, and was a dedicated community volunteer. Her parents taught her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science degree in zoology from Iowa State University and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in reproductive endocrinology from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  She held a position as a professor of biology at Florida Institute of Technology  and other teaching positions at Iowa State University before entering into the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Rep. Ginal has worked in the biological and medical fields for more than 20 years as a scientist with a focus in pharmacology, in research and most recently as a medical liaison in medical affairs for various pharmaceutical companies. The health of our communities and individuals is one of her top priorities.

She has been an active member of the Fort Collins community, serving a total of sixteen years on two different City of Fort Collins Boards and Commissions; the Commission on the Status of Women and the Human Relations Commission. Previously Rep. Ginal was a biologist guide on eco-tour trips down the Amazon River, through Peru, Colombia and Brazil; as well as leading African photo safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.  She is a master naturalist for the City of Fort Collins, and cares deeply about preserving the special places that make Colorado a nationally recognized place to raise a family, retire, buy a home, start a business or receive an excellent education.  The environment we all share is a very important priority for Rep. Ginal.

Rep. Ginal is dedicated to helping Colorado families get the best healthcare choices, good-paying jobs and improve Colorado’s economy through investments in renewable energy, biotech, aerospace and information technology. She understands that a good public education system is a vital component of a strong economy.

In her spare time, Rep. Ginal loves being outdoors. She enjoys back country hiking in Colorado, Utah and Arizona.  One of her favorite things to do is slot canyoneering. She has trekked for many weeks at a time in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.   She skis and snow shoes in the winter, and likes to ride her motorcycle in the summer.  Her best friend “Alex” is a rescue dog from the Larimer County Humane Society.


Committee memberships:

Vice-Chair: Health, Insurance & Environment

Public Healthcare & Human Services

Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources