As a James Islander for more than 20 years, Joel understands the importance of serving, protecting, and preserving the Lowcountry. Joel attended James Island public schools and graduated from James Island Charter High School as an IB/AP honor student, where he was selected as a Palmetto Boys State delegate. He is also an Eagle Scout and works to exemplify the values of serving others, serving community, honesty, and integrity. Committed to the Lowcountry, Joel chose to stay in the Charleston area for college. Joel is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Urban Studies. Joel plans to attend graduate school to specialize in Public Administration with goals of serving his community in local government.
Joel has seen firsthand how overdevelopment has impacted the sea islands of Charleston County. With a passion for environmentalism, sustainability, and preservation, he seeks to be a voice for sensible reevaluation of future growth in Charleston County. Joel volunteers with James Island Pride, the environmental and beautification committee of the Town of James Island, as well as Adopt-A-Highway to clear our island roadways of litter and debris. He also assists with local political campaigns and has worked closely with the James Island Sol Legare community, mentored by Ernest Parks and Bill “Cubby” Wilder, to construct a project at the historic Seashore Farmer's Lodge and Museum.
Joel's family includes his father Garrett (councilman, Town of James Island), mother Susan (co-founder, Save James Island), and brother Max. Joel enjoys hiking, camping, and visiting the many beautiful places South Carolina has to offer. In his free time, Joel loves to read (mainly about international politics and history) and spend time with friends. Joel is a James Island resident and was a candidate for the District 9 County Council seat in November 2018.