Joel has been working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the past 10 years. He currently serves as the Team Lead for Strategy and Planning for the Office of the Associate Director for Policy in the Center for Global Health. In this role, he oversees strategic engagements with key global health partners, including the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; manages the development and execution of all CDC non-binding international arrangements, and serves as the Gift Review Official and CDC Foundation Liaison for the Center for Global Health.
Prior to joining the CDC, Joel served as a Peace Corps Health volunteer in Choluteca, Honduras where he supported income generation projects for the local HIV/AIDS clinic and water filtration and sanitation projects for rural communities in the southern region.
Joel’s areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy and health diplomacy, public health implementation research, and using data for real-time decision making.
Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health and International Relations from Tufts University and an master’s in public health in Global Health from the Boston University School of Public Health.
He hopes to leverage his DrPH training to navigate the nuanced relationship between science, program, and policy to effect long lasting and sustainable improvements in public health at the highest levels possible.