Joel earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oregon and published research and taught courses at the nexus of sustainable urban policy, social change, and organizational development. Since 2010, he’s been leading public affairs, strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder engagement for environmental policy initiatives and campaigns. He has served as an analyst at Oregon Metro, the director of communications for the Oregon Environmental Council, and the senior public relations manager for Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which provided a deep understanding of the need to balance the interests of producers and other stakeholders in extended producer responsibility systems. He currently serves as chair of the board of the Association of Oregon Recyclers.

Recent Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • Sustainable packaging coalition – SPC Impact, 2019
    Bolstering Glass Recovery, A Closer Look


  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon – Ph.D. in Sociology
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California – Bachelors in Sociology