Joel is a Technical Advisor with IREX's Information and Media practice, designing and implementing new tech4dev and early grade literacy initiatives.
In a previous role, Joel served as Country Director of the IREX Namibia office, managing the MCC-supported Namibia Library Development Program. Before that, Joel was based in the IREX DC office, providing M&E support to IREX’s technology and libraries portfolio in Europe and Eurasia.
Prior to joining IREX, Joel worked with the Technology & Social Change group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington. From 2006-2008, he served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, working with local governments to develop gender inclusive policies for public schools and other local institutions.
Joel holds a BA in political science and sociology from Colorado State University and a MA in library and information science from the University of Washington.