In his role as President and CEO of MCNC, Joe Freddoso works with the MCNC Board of Directors (BOD), the MCNC Advisory Committee (MAC) and MCNC staff to meet the organization's mission of employing advanced Internet Protocol (IP) networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning, research and collaboration throughout North Carolina's K-20 education community. Freddoso is responsible for coordination with the MCNC BOD to define the overall strategic direction for the organization. He works with the MAC and the MCNC staff to devise and implement plans to fulfill this strategic direction in a manner that positively impacts all of North Carolina's citizens and meets the fiscal goals defined by the MCNC BOD. He is also active in the local RTP community serving on the board of directors of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, the North Carolina New Schools Project and the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center. Joe also serves an adviser to the North Carolina eLearning Commission. He is also a board member for a private sector company, Home Junction, headquartered in San Diego, CA.
Joe came to MCNC after more than seven years with Cisco. He served as Director of Cisco's Research Triangle Park site operations for six years. In this role, Freddoso oversaw public and media relations, government affairs and Cisco's philanthropic outreach in the RTP region. During this period, he held several leadership roles with statewide and regional economic development, education, transportation and advocacy organizations. In 2005, Freddoso also chaired the Regional Transportation Alliance and was a Governor's appointee to the North Carolina Blue Ribbon Study Commission on Urban Mobility. Prior to his work at Cisco, Freddoso served as CEO of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games organizing Committee. The Games were held in the Triangle region and were the largest sporting event in the world that year.
Freddoso holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Management and Psychology from Marietta College in Marietta, OH.