Joel is a former congressional aide, diplomat, and budget officer, having worked for two senior Democratic Senators on defense, appropriations, and foreign policy issues, at the State Department in both Near Eastern Affairs and Political-Military Affairs, and at the Energy Department on budget issues, winning numerous awards. A frequent commentator on national security affairs for CBS, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and USA Today, he also blogs frequently on Huffington Post, for Politico, and writes a monthly political column for the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.
Previously, Joel was the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Network and was also the founding Political and Government Affairs Director of J Street and JStreetPAC, the political home of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Joel holds a joint Master’s degree in Public Policy and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Brandeis University.
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