Joe joins the Academy as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Census Bureau project. Joe graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and earned a law degree from George Washington University here in the District. He spent the first 16 years of his career as a practicing lawyer in both the public and private sectors, litigating antitrust cases for the Federal Trade Commission (6 years) and practicing international trade, intellectual property, and government procurement law for 10 years as an associate and partner in a major DC law firm. In 1990, he opened a Washington government affairs office for a major producer of personal computers. After the company merged with Hewlett Packard in 2000, he became the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). After ITAA merged itself out of existence, he has consulted on a number of projects, most recently providing technical trade advice on the expansion of the WTO Information Technology Agreement.