Joel hails from Bowie, Maryland. As the child of immigrants, he became passionate about all things related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland, College Park. Intrigued by how to work with others to make an impact on today’s challenges, he entered the international development field and learned how to cultivate one of the most important aspects of an organization: its people. Joel enjoys meeting with people to learn more about their stories, whether he is creating resources and mentorship programs for diverse communities, or serving as an advocate for greater change. Along with other duties, Joel aims to recruit fellowship classes that are reflective of the communities they serve to ensure an inclusive, welcoming experience.
Joel is based in New York City. If he’s not jet-setting to other parts of the world, he’s on a daily hunt to find the city’s best chocolate chip cookie and focaccia. Should you ever meet him, don’t hesitate to start a conversation with him!