A Borough President For All
Joann Ariola is a longtime Queens civic leader, wife, mother and grandmother whose career has always been focused on forging positive relationships between her neighbors and government agencies to promote peace and public safety.
Having worked for both the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations, Joann knows that without safe streets, there can be no quality of life. That’s why she has actively supported the NYPD for decades as a civic activist, member of Community Board 10 and President of the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association. To maintain a strong relationship between the police and her community, Joann hosts the NYPD at her civic association meetings, so they can address residents and their concerns and promotes Build the Block Initiative meetings with NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers. She raised funds for the Cops on Bikes Program and has brought meals to police for Officer Appreciation Days, including during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To get local youth off on the right foot, she hosts NYPD meet and greets so that young people get to know and respect their local police. She collects toys and supplies for families in need with NYPD Domestic Violence and Community Affairs Officers and helps organize crime prevention events and bike and electronics vin etching opportunities with her local precincts’ Crime Prevention Officers. Serving on the 106th Precinct Council for many years, Joann leads a blue ribbon initiative each year so that local police can be encouraged by seeing the support and appreciation they have earned.
Joann currently works as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for a major health network in Queens. She has previously worked at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Queens Criminal Court, and the NYC Council, serving as the Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to Council Members in both Queens and Brooklyn, as well as serving in the administrations of two Republican mayors. Known for her tireless work on behalf of all communities, she established strong ties within communities across the Borough of Queens and beyond.
Joann also serves as the Chair of the Queens County Republican Party and Republican State Committee Woman for the 23rd Assembly District.
As the eldest of three children, her passion for community service came from the example set by her parents. They had a true commitment to helping others, especially the less fortunate.
Joann’s community involvement began with her service as a board member for her children’s Parent’s Association. Her work there brought her to the realization that while a parent’s involvement begins at home, it certainly does not end there.
Through her years of service, Joann has been recognized for outstanding service by many organizations, federal, state and city proclamations from elected officials, was chosen as the deputy Grand Marshall as well as the Grand Marshall of the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade. She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by then Senator Serphin Maltese, named an honoree for Power Women of the year by City and State, as well as the Queens Courier, Italian American Woman of the Year for the International Society of SS Cosma and Damiano, Woman of the Year for the Howard Beach Civic Association, received the Community Service Award from the Association of Chinese American Physicians (ACAP) and innumerable certificates of appreciation from communities throughout the Borough for her work.
In all of Joann’s varied roles, her goal has always been to keep Queens the kind of safe, affordable community in which her family and yours will proudly thrive for generations to come, with excellent educational and economic opportunities- for all of us.