Joan Weill

Board of Directors

As a tireless supporter of several cultural, philanthropic and civic endeavors, Joan H. Weill commits a great deal of her life to public service and education.

Mrs. Weill has been Chair of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Theater since 2001.  Under Mrs. Weill’s leadership, Alvin Ailey has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, having performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents.  The Joan Weill School of Dance at Alvin Ailey, completed in 2005, is the nation’s largest facility dedicated to dance.

Mrs. Weill is the past Chair of Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, having spearheaded the College’s transition from a 2-year to 4-year institution.  Paul Smith’s excels in forestry, culinary arts, hospitality and life sciences, among other curricula.  Mrs. Weill is also Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which promotes music education in classrooms around the world, as well as serves on the Board of Advisors of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Mrs. Weill’s dedication to women’s health issues led to her appointment as Co-Chair of the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Women’s Health Symposium.  Long an advocate for the elderly, Mrs. Weill is also an Honorary Board Member and President Emeritus of Citymeals-On-Wheels.

Mrs. Weill’s personal commitment to public service also extends to many of the activities in which her husband is involved, including the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves on the Executive Committee of their Lying-In Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Weill are recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award in recognition of their philanthropic efforts.   Mrs. Weill is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.