Born in Portsmouth, Joe grew up in Stratham. He attended the public schools there and in Exeter, where he played Blue Hawk football, served as youth governor, and graduated as president of his senior class. A recipient of the Governor’s Success Grant, he studied political science and history at the University of New Hampshire, where he was elected president of the student body and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University.
Joe was elected to three terms on the Exeter Board of Selectmen, serving twice as chairman. He also served on the Historic District Commission, the Arts Committee, represented the town on several union contract negotiations, and headed the process to hire a new Town Manager.
Following his tenure as executive director of Ballet New England in Portsmouth, Joe worked at the University of New Hampshire, helping to build and manage the criminal justice research unit known as Justiceworks. For more than six years he worked with small businesses throughout the seacoast and the state as a relationship manager at Citizens Bank. He later returned to UNH to manage his alma mater’s corporate giving programs. When his wife’s active duty military career took their family away from New Hampshire, Joe worked as director of development at a small private school in Maryland and later in the alumni office at the University of Puget Sound.
Joe spent twelve years on the Portsmouth and Durham Rotary Clubs, including a stint as president. He spent over a decade working with Rotary’s youth leadership program, including five years as program director. In Exeter he served for seven years as a coach and president of the Seahawks football program. For ten years he was a member of the University of New Hampshire Alumni Awards Committee, serving as chairman for the last five of those years.
Joe lives in Kensington with his wife Sarah, a retired Army major and dermatologist, their boys Bobby (10) and Xavier (8) and their dog Sam. An amateur novelist, he enjoys pickup basketball, historical fiction, and hikes with the family.