Joe’s Resume

Professional Experience

  • Application Software Developer, NYS Education Department, Albany NY 1986-2016
    • Designed, coded & supported customized applications for various offices, using tools such as Unysis EAD/Linc, PL-SQL, Oracle designer & Cobol.
    • Led application development teams.
    • Trained & supervised application developers.
    • Managed, maintained & documented all phases of projects.
  • Part-time family owned rental property manager, NY Capital Region, 1991-present
  • Van  courier contractor 1983-1986, NYC
  • Mobile food vendor 1981-1982, NYC
  • Painter 1980-1981, NYC
  • Bike messenger 1979, NYC
  • Canvasser, ERA campaign, 1979, NYC

Volunteer Activist Experience

Helped organize & lead progressive coalition political action in the NY Capital Region, including:

  • Participated in campaigns 1997-present, of
    • Saratoga Progressive Action
    • Let NY Vote coalition
    • Indivisible
    • Citizen Action of NY
    • Coalition of Capital Region Progressives
    • Working Families Party
    • Saratoga Peace Alliance
    • Interfaith Alliance of NY
    • Occupy Albany
    • Upper Hudson Peace Action
    • Albany Social Justice Center
    • Solidarity Committee of the Capital District
    • Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs Social Action committee
    • various  other progressive groups
  • Member of Saratoga Progressive Action steering committee, 2016 – present.
  • Member of Working Families Party statewide committee, 2013 – present.
  • Helped lead Alliance for Democracy Capital District chapter, 1996-2006.
  • Served on Alliance for Democracy northeast representative, 1998-2000.
  • Helped organize Capital District & Saratoga teams, 2006-2014.
  • Regional organizer, 2010-2014.
  • Lead organizer of hundreds of local actions throughout upstate NY as part of larger campaigns of MoveOn , Indivisible, Citizen Action, Healthcare for America Now, Americans for Tax Fairness/Tax March, Families Belong Together & other groups.
  • Worked with numerous progressive groups, coached & trained local activists, provided support for & kept track of local components of national & statewide actions.
  • Supported campaigns of various statewide & local groups including Let NY Vote, Healthcare for All NY, Fair Elections NY, Womens March, No-IDC, Poor People’s Campaign, New Hope for All NY Budget.
  • Supported campaigns of labor allies 1199 SEIU, NYS Nurses Association, Capital District Area Labor Federation, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District and other Labor unions & groups.
  • Retired member of Public Employees Federation.
  • Organized, led & participated in citizen lobbying, letter deliveries & related press events at NYS Capitol & LOB during legislative session.
  • Collected WFP candidate petition signatures, numerous campaigns.
  • Participated in & led WFP candidate interviews.
  • Volunteered in campaigns (including collecting WFP candidate petition signatures, organizing & leading canvasses & phonebanks) of candidates including:
    • Kirsten Gillibrand
    • Scott Murphy
    • Bill Owens
    • Tedra Cobb
    • Michelle Ostrelich
    • Aaron Gladd
    • Mike Derrick
    • Aaron Woolf
    • Madelyn Thorne
    • Shaun Francis
    • Joanne Yepsen
    • Ralph  Nader (sorry)
    • John Kerry
    • Barack Obama
    • Bernie Sanders
  • Helped organize local groups supporting candidates such as Albany & Saratoga for Obama & Capital Region & Saratoga for Bernie.
  • Planned & managed all facets of campaigns
    • Developed, produced & distributed public materials, such as media advisories & releases, flyers, signs & banners.
    • Facilitated meetings, MCed public events.
    • Organized meetings with elected officials.
    • Participated in candidate interviews.
    • Participated  in outreach including phone-banking, door-to-door , calling media, flyering & petition gathering.
    • Organized hundreds of public events including protests, rallies, vigils, marches, educational forums, debates, film viewings, organizing meetings, bus trips, dinners, fundraisers, parties, trainings and workshops.
    • Organized creative public actions such as
      • MOP/Money Out of Politics Mop & Broom crew outside of politicians’ fundraisers
      • Billionaires for Bush (also Elitists for Elise & other variations)
      • Other  street theatre such as “HealthCare in Jeopardy” game show
  • Edited Capital District Peace and Justice calendar 1998-2006.
  • Co-hosted WRPI political talk radio 1999-2000.
  • Attended Citizen Action’s Justice Works conferences.
  • Attended WFP/Wellstone Action Progressive Leadership training, 2016.
  • Numerous letters to the editor printed in local newspapers, and interviewed by numerous local newspapers, radio & TV stations, for some examples see &
  • Participated is Anti-Nuclear activism with
    • Abalone Alliance, Claremont CA 1977-1979
    • Shad Alliance NYC 1979-1981
  • Helped organize student walk-out in solidarity with teachers, Murrow High School 1975.



  • Kingsborough Community College 1983-1985
    Coursework in Computer Science
  • Pitzer College 1976-1979
    Coursework in Psychology and Philosophy


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, contact: Jess Fassler, Chief of Staff [email protected]

Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club and longtime activist, contact: [email protected]

Susan Weber, WFP state committee member and longtime activist, contact: [email protected]

Other references available upon request.