Joseph currently serves as Executive Director for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, working to create and facilitate nonpartisan programming, experiences, research, and connectivity focused on the areas that defined the career of Senator Tom Harkin (Retired): people with disabilities, retirement security, wellness and nutrition, and labor and employment. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Joseph has also served as a Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the Senator’s defense Appropriations work as well as the full range of military and veteran’s issues. Additionally, he focused on the Senator’s other Appropriations work, housing issues, and advised the Senator on small business and trade. Prior to that, Joseph served as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Iowa Finance Authority; and was the Senior Communications Specialist for Governor Vilsack’s administration. Before that, he was the Chief of Staff and Education Director for Creative Visions Human Development Institute, a non-profit organization targeting at-risk youth in Central Iowa.
Joseph has also been an active member of the Windsor Heights community for several years. He has previously served on the Board of Adjustment and represented Windsor Heights on the Des Moines Sister Cities Commission. Prior to becoming a member of City Council, Joseph served on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Joseph’s priorities for the city of Windsor Heights include: Community Growth, Economic Vitality, and Regional Collaboration. He wants to focus on promoting civil discussion; creating a welcoming environment for visitors, shoppers, patrons, and residents; and ensuring that citizens are involved with the city’s decision-making process and agenda.
Joseph also wants to prioritize supporting small businesses in the community, creating opportunities to incentivize homeowners' property and home improvements, improving our city’s infrastructure by focusing on comprehensive repair, and working to improve metro-wide relationships and projects.
Joseph is a graduate of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School and earned his BBA in economics from Loyola University New Orleans. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree in public policy and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Administration from Drake University. In 2014, he was presented Drake’s Distinguished MPA Alumnus Award. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and is also a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
Joseph serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity. Joseph is a Trustee on the American Council of Young Political Leaders Board of Trustees, is a graduate of Leadership Iowa, and was named to the Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” Class of 2009. He is currently an active volunteer with Iowa Radio Reading Information Service (IRIS) and Everybody Wins! Iowa.
Joseph is a native of Shreveport, La. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and engaging in international citizen diplomacy and governance. Although Joseph has visited dozens of countries and nearly all 50 states, he is most proud of seeing all of Iowa’s 99 counties. He follows national security issues closely and finds time to spend with his pet tortoise, Matilda, and newfie, Toula.
Council member Joseph Jones' term expires January 2022.