Joel Kurzman has lived in Wilmette for nearly 12 years. He currently lives on the Greenleaf-Laurel Loop off of Locust Road, with his wife (Allison), his daughter (Sophia, a 7th grader at Wilmette Junior High School) and his son (Gabriel, a 4th grader at Romona Elementary School). He previously lived on Valley View Drive across from the Community Recreation Center.
A key qualification for the Trustee role is Joel's more than fifteen years experience crafting public policy. He has worked in policy and government affairs roles for organizations serving people with disabilities, a public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness, and a trade association engaged in the practice of community pharmacy. He also engaged public health policy and strategy in the corporate world, working several years at Abbott. Joel’s public policy expertise would be an asset to the Board. Learn more about Joel Kurzman’s career by viewing his profile and connecting with him on Linked In.
Joel’s passion and commitment to community began in his earliest career endeavors. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego, Joel implemented school-based mental health programs and worked in after-school programs serving inner-city children. He also worked in a residential facility serving children with severe emotional disturbance. Although he loved working directly with children and families, Joel’s passion for public policy and community service led him to obtain a Master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Joel’s entry point to community service in Wilmette has been through advocating for improvements to the Village's municipal services. Joel founded a campaign called Dry Out West Wilmette, which can be found on Facebook. Through the campaign, Joel has worked with residents in many neighborhoods and has attended many Village Board meetings. Joel has observed the budget process in-person for the past several years and understands the current events and fiscal condition of the Village.
Despite busy professional and family schedules, you can often find Joel walking with Allison or riding bicycles with his children through many Wilmette’s many wonderful neighborhoods. Joel regularly works out at the Center Fitness Club of the Wilmette Community Recreation Center. He has “narrowly survived” several years of the Wil-Cup soccer tournament between the Dads of District 39’s four elementary schools. The Kurzman family especially enjoys trips to the Wilmette Library and attending the adult theater performances of the Wilmette Park District, in which Allison has had several roles. Last and certainly not least, Joel and Allison share the pleasure of watching any number of their children’s sporting events in and around the community.