Joan Barnes

Joan Barnes is the founder/former CEO of Gymboree and former principal owner of YogaStudio acquired by YogaWorks. Joan now consults to Gymboree Play and Music, the legacy franchise Play and Music program sold to a Chinese conglomerate in 2016 and operates in 50 countries primarily by Master Franchises owned by women. The North American brand is the home base and original beginning of the Company in 1976 and Joan is part of team who will revitalize the brand here.

Joan believes whole heartedly in the Mission of Project Heal as a former bulimic whose own treatment at age 43 saved her life when she went to long term care for a year after crashing and burning post Gymboree. She is totally committed to giving back in any/all ways she can.

Joan began her own non profit, call Begin From Within, through the Jewish Family and Childrens’ Services in San Francisco through her own funding and that of her friends and family in 1996. We ran groups and workshops in 4 counties in the Bay Area for people on the continuum of eating disorders. At the height of its success we had 15 therapists working in the program.

Joan has a BA from Briarcliff College in dance and English.

Joan’s favorite ice cream flavor is French Vanilla!