Joel graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Sociology. While at Skidmore, Joel immersed himself in criminal justice by doing a summer long internship with Sienna College leading a literature discussion course for incarcerated men at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. After graduation from Skidmore, Joel volunteered with the Children’s Aid Society and worked as an after-school academic facilitator for P.S. 152 in Washington Heights. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Joel worked as an Associate Teacher at Harlem Academy where he taught 5th grade science and vocabulary and lead athletic electives. Joel is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.