Joel Rubin

Director of Policy and Government Affairs
Washington, DC

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. 

Latest Posts

The recent first-step nuclear deal with Iran will strengthen U.S. security by verifiably halting Iran’s program and setting a path for rolling it back through comprehensive nuclear negotiations.  So why are some in Congress opposing the deal, and what outcome do they expect if they scuttle diplomacy? It’s important to remember what the U.S. gets with this deal, versus the alternative. Read more »
Posted by Joel Rubin on January 15, 2014