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Regional Planning Director
Joël began his professional career as an assistant planner for the Spanish Speaking Unity Council in East Oakland, where he gained his initial community planning experience. He then moved on to build a coalition of labor, environmental and social justice groups to win community and political support for economic development around one of the largest TOD projects in California.
For the past seven years, Joël has been working with the Great Communities Collaborative on several TOD planning processes, and is helping to maximize community involvement and build awareness and give input to the designing of Bus Rapid Transit in the East Bay. In the past, he has also been appointed to serve on the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Steering Committee, the Contra Costa County Transportation Agency's Priority Development Area Working Group. He is currently serving on and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System's Title VI / Environmental Justice Committee, and is co-convening the Transporation Working Group for the Oakland Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative that is coordinating community engagement around community development issues along the International Blvd. corridor in East Oakland.
In his spare time, Joël serves via mayoral appointment from San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the City agency that oversees public transportation, bicycling, and parking in San Francisco. Joël received this appointment after serving on the Community Advisory Committee for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project.
Joël's family was transit dependent while he was growing up. Childhood memories, daily transit use, and his professional experience working in diverse, low-income communities strongly reinforce his commitment to his work.