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JOEL EPSTEIN

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo 

    School of Law, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A.

 

Notable Experience

Brooklyn Community

    Services

Los Angeles Metro

The Wonderful Company

The Resnick Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation

Honors

Southern California  

    Journalism Awards,

    Los Angeles Press Club,

    Best Individual Blog

Streetsblog Los Angeles,

    Best Online Columnist

Housing Authority of the 

    City of Los Angeles,

    Award of Recognition 

City of Los Angeles,

    Certificate of

    Appreciation

 

Publications

Author of articles, opinions pieces and a book.

Teaching

Education Law & Policy,

    Boston College Graduate

    School of Education

    (2003)

Bar Admissions

California

Massachusetts

Washington, DC

Languages

Spanish and French

    speaker

Community Involvement

Super Steward, New York

    City Parks Department

PROFILE

Communications and campaign strategist with experience in business, philanthropy and government.

EXPERIENCE

Communications Strategy | Los Angeles & New York | 2003 — 2005, 2009 — Present

Principal

  • Advisor to Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) on programming, major gifts, strategy and operations (Current).

  • Advisor to Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation on opportunities with New York City Transit, MTA (Current).

  • Stringer, New York Times (Current).

  • Hired by Los Angeles Metro to write How to Pass a Mega Transportation Measure - Los Angeles County's 

Lessons Learned, an oral history of the no sunset transportation sales tax. Published in 2018, the Measure M

report is a playbook for transportation agencies, cities and state legislatures interested in learning from Metro’s

successful campaign to secure funding for L.A. County’s transportation infrastructure.

  • Outreach, communications and campaign evangelist and manager for L.A. Metro's Measures M and J, and in

support of improved public transit in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

  • Corporate communications and campaign advising to promote business for Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, 

OUTFRONT/JCDecaux, UCLA, HNTB, Latham & Watkins, the ULI Los Angeles, Public Health Advocates, the Los

Angeles Department of Public Health and others; writing, social media, and PR.

  • Advisor to the Annenberg Foundation, Lynda.com and others on philanthropic giving, operations and employee

engagement. Managed the Foundation’s environmental portfolio, started an online and brick and mortar store

for the Annenberg Space for Photography and advised Foundation trustees on overhaul of Annenberg Learner.

  • Informed readers about employee engagement, transportation and business innovation in Asia, Europe, Latin 

America, the Middle East and North America through writing for HuffPost and other publications.​​​

  • Experience managing employees and consultants and in project management.

The Wonderful Company (Roll Global LLC) & The Resnick Foundation | Los Angeles | 2005 — 2009

Director of Charitable Giving & Political Director

  • Created and managed the operations of the employee and community engagement program at The Wonderful

Company and ran The Resnick Foundation. Helped raise corporate profile and achieve measurable results in

employee recruitment and retention for the $4B global holding company and its subsidiaries in agricultural and

consumer product goods.

  • Built and managed a unique, bilingual English/Spanish employee giving program serving 3,500 employees in

10 countries. Grew participation from zero to 98 percent and $2.4 M; directed distribution of $16M in grants;

administered the proceeds of a $25 M legal settlement to 15 international organizations and charities.

  • Set performance metrics, directed development of communications plans and counseled C-level executives

on meeting community investment objectives.

  • Vetted thousands of proposals in the education, health, arts, environmental and biomedical fields. Helped create​ a

company-founded college preparatory charter school in Delano, CA.

  • Furthered The Wonderful Company’s business goals by leveraging my professional relationship with

a Former Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative to initiate discussions about the export

of California pistachios to Asia and the Middle East.

  • Vetted political candidates; ran a fundraising event targeting California growers to support the

campaign of Iowa Senator and farm bill author Tom Harkin.

  • Crisis communications advising on criticism from environmentalists about the export of bottled water from

Fiji to North America, Europe and Asia and animal testing of a company product.

 

Education Development Center, Inc. | Boston & Los Angeles | 1996 —2003

Director of Special Projects

  • Advised university attorneys, risk managers, college administrators, parents, students and others on legal and policy matters and operations.

  • Crisis communications advising to colleges and universities. ● Proposal writing and project management, business and partnership development.

 

Abt Associates Inc. | Cambridge, MA | 1992 — 1996

Analyst

  • Directed research studies on best practices in social policy and environmental enforcement. Studied police department and prosecutors office operations.

  • Coauthored monographs on health, housing and criminal justice policy for policy makers, prosecutors and law enforcement.

  • Project management, proposal development.

 

1987 — 1992: Worked as an associate and practiced law in California and Massachusetts.