Joel Kurzman has lived in Wilmette for nearly 14 years. He currently lives on the Greenleaf-Laurel Loop off of Locust Road, with his wife (Allison), his daughter (Sophia, a 9th grader at New Trier High School) and his son (Gabriel, a 6th grader at Highcrest). 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 seventeen 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. 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 local community service was through advocating for improvements to the Village's municipal services. Joel founded a campaign called Dry Out West Wilmette, which can still be found on Facebook. Through this effort spanning many years, Joel came to understand the inner workings of Village government even before running for office.
Despite busy professional and family schedules, you can often find Joel walking with Allison through many Wilmette’s many wonderful neighborhoods. Joel regularly works out at the Center Fitness Club of the Wilmette Community Recreation Center. The Kurzman family especially enjoys trips to the Wilmette Public 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.