A Lifetime of Activism

Joe entered the political fray straight out of high school.  Taking a gap year before enrolling at Tufts University, Joe to work in the national  headquarters of the John Glenn Presidential campaign and made multiple trips to New Hampshire to assist with get-out-the-vote efforts there.  Joe suspended his studies at Tufts to work in the Dukakis-Bentsen campaign both at the Boston headquarters and as a field organizer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduating from college, Joe went to work for State Senator Lois G. Pines (D-Newton/Brookline).  Shifting into an international gear after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Joe went to work at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (“NDI”), a core grantee of the National Endowment for Democracy.  There, Joe served as an election observer for the 1990 Elections in Pakistan and election observer and press liaison for the 1991 Elections in Zambia.  During law school, Joe worked at The White House in the NAFTA War Room. Shifting to local politics, Joe was an early supporter of Chris Van Hollen when the then-state senator ran in 2002 for the Democratic Party nomination and then in the general election for Congress.  In 2004, Joe served as a Democratic Party attorney monitor of voting in Columbus, Ohio.  Joe served as an attorney poll monitor for Frank Kratovil in his 2008 win over Andy Harris for Maryland’s First Congressional District.  Joe canvassed extensively for Chris Van Hollen in his successful 2016 campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate and in Pennsylvania for Secretary Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the 2016 General Election.  On election day, Joe served as a Democratic Party of Virginia Voter Protection Team member in Hampton, VA.