After graduating as an Ace in 2004, Joel earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon. He continued his education completing a certificate program in broadcast production followed by graduate coursework in Communication at Illinois State. While furthering his education, Joel worked full-time for AM560 The Answer producing a nationally syndicated talk radio program. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled him to reorient his career back to his roots and to Jewish communal pursuits, and he is currently working towards an M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies through the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership here in Chicago.