With over thirty years of professional experience, Joe’s work bridges the worlds of environment, energy, technology and economic development. His roles have included environmental scientist/futurist, strategic planning consultant, published writer, workshop leader, nonprofit entrepreneur, professional coach, consulting hydrogeologist, and community association president/board director.
Joe was a chief architect of the U.S. EPA’s Futures Staff, a small entrepreneurial group charged with helping the Agency and its stakeholders anticipate and prevent environmental problems. The group’s work was recognized by EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government;.
With insights gained from this experience, he left EPA to co-write Business Ecology: Giving Your Organization the Natural Edge (1998), a book that synthesizes centuries of cultural wisdom, a close observation of natural systems, proven success strategies and leading-edge thinking. He also founded the nonprofit Business Ecology Network (BEN) to help individuals and organization’s learn, teach and apply the book’s principles.
Following this entrepreneurial adventure, Joe served as a strategic planning consultant for a $2-million, multi-year trade and transportation project in the Northern Great Plains. Toward New Horizons, the final project report, articulated key findings, investment opportunities, and policy recommendations to Congressional and Regional leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Abe also designed, facilitated and directed Congressional briefings and regional workshops on distributed energy technologies (e.g., microturbines, fuel cells, wind and solar power) to help industry, political leaders and others understand the benefits, challenges and opportunities related to their successful commercialization.
As a nonprofit leader, consultant and community activist, Joe has written, evaluated and executed business plans, proposals, and marketing strategies, managed projects and budgets, raised funds, and recruited board directors and volunteers.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Joe is a native of the Chesapeake Bay Region. Today he lives in Lutherville, MD with his wife Gail (a medical office manager) with their family. Gail and Joe enjoy gardening, sports, dining out, sailing, concerts, writing, hiking, reading, and visiting regional wineries and historic sites. Prior to meeting Gail, Joe lived for 13 years in Shady Side, MD, a tranquil waterfront community in south Anne Arundel County. Joe holds a M.S. in Water Resources Administration from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Geology from Virginia Tech.