Since retirement he has been active in civic affairs and has served on several City committees. Joe represented Ward One on the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, the West Street Vision, and the City Dock Committees. He led the Ward One Residents Association in shaping City policies on Market House, Special Events, Liquor Laws, the budget and other subjects, and was President of the Association for two years.
Joe was born on the West Coast, near San Francisco, and educated in New England and North Carolina. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with concentration in Environmental Studies and Economics from Williams College and a Master of Arts in Anatomy and a Master of Business Administration, both from Duke University.