Point Scholar 2007 – 2011
Joe, a Los Angeles native, came out to his supportive family at the age of 14. Recognizing how fortunate he was to be in an accepting and affirming environment, Joe decided to give back: he helped revive his school's GSA, and at the end of his freshman year he had organized a pro-marriage equality rally attended by over 200 high school students.
Following the rally, Joe interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council, pursuing his interest in curbing climate change. By Joe's high school graduation, he held internship positions at Equality California, The Trevor Project, California League of Conservation Voters, and the offices of State Senator Sheila Kuehl, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and Senator Barbara Boxer. Joe has addressed the LA City Council, Ventura County Board of Supervisors, as well as several other groups concerning progressive causes.
Joe went on to intern for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign for 15 months, working in the California field and finance departments, national LGBTQ outreach, and the Scheduling & Advance office by the end of his freshman year of college. Following the presidential primary, Equality California hired Joe to expand the organization's presence in social media in effort to defeat Proposition 8. He went on to hold internship and employment positions in President Obama's successful presidential campaign in Virginia, the Office of Congressman Howard Berman, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice, and The Raben Group, a prominent public affairs firm in Washington, DC.
An alum of The George Washington University, Joe earned his degree in political communication to learn the skills necessary to be effective in changing and managing policy in an ever-changing media environment and a diversifying, polarized electorate. Joe is currently the Program Associate for Legislative Affairs and Intergroup Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council in San Francisco.