About Joann

A teacher, scientist, leader, and lifelong learner, longtime Fort Collins citizen Joann Ginal has a passion for giving back to the community, and working to make our wonderful city an even better place to live. As our state representative for District 52, Joann will take her passion for service in a new direction—one that continues to help Fort Collins while making a difference for all of Colorado.

Joann was raised in a working-class family. Her father served in the Navy in World War II and was a police officer for more than 25 years. Her mother stayed at home, raising three children and was a dedicated community volunteer. Joann’s parents taught her the values of honesty, hard work, and the importance of giving back.

Being taught the value of a good education, Joann believes that a college degree should be accessible for all. She has worked at minimum-wage jobs, on a factory assembly line and as a college teacher. At a time when Colorado needs to lead the way to our nation’s economic recovery, Joann understands that a good public education system is a vital component of a strong economy.

Joann earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters degree in Zoology from Iowa State University. In 1997, she earned a Ph.D. in Reproductive Endocrinology from Colorado State University.

While continuing her education, Joann 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 science liaison in medical affairs. Joann recognizes the financial struggles many people face. With her experience in the medical field, Joann strongly believes that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care.

A Master Naturalist for the City of Fort Collins, Joann cares deeply about preserving the special places that make our city and region a nationally-recognized place to retire, buy a home, start a business or receive an education. Joann has led educational expeditions for several years in the Amazon River region of South America and safaris in Africa. She has witnessed first hand the biological complexity and fragility of the earth’s rivers and forests, and will work hard in the House of Representatives to protect our ecosystems in Fort Collins and Colorado for future generations.

Joann has accomplished her goals by hard work, integrity, respecting others and perseverance. Bringing those qualities to the Colorado State House, along with her diverse experience in science, medical services and community relations will help our community and our state get the representation it needs to help Coloradans prosper and succeed.

Committee memberships:
Health, Insurance & Environment
Local Government