Joel is a former member of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. He is a retired attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to retirement, he was with the firm Holland and Knight, LLP. He served as District Director to U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr., from 2002 to 2007. Prior to his position with the U.S. Congress, he was appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics by four separate Governors between 1978 and 2004. In 1974, he received a presidential appointment to the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a Florida State Representative from 1967 to 1972. A 46-year resident of Broward County, Joel has actively participated in the community both civically and professionally. Formerly, he was Chair of the Broward Alliance, a Board Member of the Florida Chamber, Co-Chair of the Host Committee of two Super Bowls and one Breeder’s Cup and he served on the Orange Bowl Committee. He is currently a Board Member of Henderson Mental Health Center.
Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He and his wife, Judyth, have three children and five grandchildren.