Joe Kriesberg is the President and CEO of MACDC. He first joined MACDC in 1993 as Vice President and served in that capacity until he became President in July 2002. He oversees the agency's advocacy work with public and private sector entities, its capacity building work with members, its long term strategic planning, it collaborations and partnerships and internal operations. He has launched several innovative new programs at MACDC, including the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the GOALs Initiative, the biennial MACDC conventions and the Community Development Innovation Forum – a collaborative process to identify and implement strategies to help the field adapt to the changing context for its work. During his tenure Joe has led the association's legislative advocacy work. He has helped to pass many important bills through the Massachusetts Legislature, including the groundbreaking Insurance Industry Community Investment Act (1998,) the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (2000,) the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (2006,) a comprehensive anti-foreclosure law (2007) and a new law to help preserve so-called “expiring-use” affordable rental communities (2009.) Joe serves on the board of several state and national organizations, is frequently asked to speak on community development issues and trends here and around the country, and writes about these issues on the MACDC blog. http://blog.macdc.org/
Prior to working for MACDC, Mr. Kriesberg worked for eight years on energy and environmental issues for non profit organizations in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Mr. Kriesberg has a B.A. from Binghamton University (New York State) and a J.D. Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Dina Brownstein, and their two children, Joshua and Michael.