Joanne D’Arcangelo was born on April 20, 1954 in Haverill, Massachusetts. She attended state college in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, then received a teaching assistantship at the University of Maine at Orono and concurrently earned her master’s degree in English. She taught English at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and worked on the town committee with Dick Davies, a local legislator. She also worked as a press aide to Jim Tierney, as a constituent case worker for House Speaker John Martin during early 1980s, and for Jerry Conley. She assisted with the Carter and Mondale presidential campaigns. D’Arcangelo was involved with both the Women’s Lobby and the Equal Justice Project, and began work with the Maine Bar Foundation in 1994. At the time of this interview she worked for Planned Parenthood.
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