Joel is the consummate professional when it comes to government and politics, which has been his life for more than three decades. Joel joined the firm in 1998 after a decade as Deputy Director for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), the pro-Israel lobby. During his tenure, he coordinated a network of key community leaders to lobby Members of Congress, monitored nationwide Senate and House elections, served as liaison to federal, state and local officials and oversaw fundraising and programming for major AIPAC contributors. Prior to that, he served as a senior housing official in the three Koch Administrations and was on the campaign staffs of presidential, senatorial and municipal candidates and successfully secured government and foundation grants for national and local not-for-profit service organizations. Joel coordinates government relations, development and political consulting operations for SAI clients, is a registered lobbyist with both NYC and NYS and serves as a confidante of elected officials and their staff.