Bringing experience across public service, public affairs, political campaigns, and education policy, Joe lead’s Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ government relations and public advocacy efforts in Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania. He also plays a key role in the firms’ broader executive and legislative branch advocacy and policy monitoring efforts.
Joe recently returned to the firm after serving as statewide political director and deputy campaign manager for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s highly successful reelection bid. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Joe served as deputy political director for the Hillary for America campaign in Pennsylvania, where he managed and leveraged the campaign's relationships with elected officials, business leaders, and labor organizations throughout the state. Before this role, he served as the director of public participation for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), leading the public engagement program with various state and local stakeholders in the Philadelphia area.
Joe previously served in a number of roles in the office of U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., which included advising the Senator on issues before the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP). During this time, Joe worked on higher education policy, as well as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that became law in December 2015.
Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Joe was a Teach for America corps member in Wilmington, Del., where he taught middle school social studies and science, leading his students to significant growth on statewide assessments. Before becoming an educator, Joe served as chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Commission and testified before the House Budget Committee on higher education policy.
Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program. Joe holds a B.A. from Georgetown University where he served as an elected member of student government. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he was born and raised.