About Joe Albers

Joe was born and raised in San Jose, California. He attended Bellarmine College Prep where he was exposed to social justice values. That commitment deepened at Santa Clara University through being director of a student-run community service and activism group, Santa Clara Community Action Program, as well as attending and starting many immersion trips to Mexico and El Salvador.

After graduation, Joe volunteered in a rural village of former refugees in El Salvador to work with a youth group called the Tamarindo Foundation where he served as a mentor, soccer coach, and teacher. He continues to stay involved in the town by returning frequently and being a member of the Tamarindo Foundation Board. Joe also started and manages a scholarship program, titled Jon Cortina S.J. Scholarship Program, which supports students from the town as they attend universities.

Upon return to San Jose, Joe began working as a teacher at Downtown College prep for two and a half years as he completed his teaching credential in Social Studies. He continued teaching at Overfelt High School where he served as AVID teacher and Coordinator, a program designed to accelerate first generation students in the middle to universities. Joe completed his master’s in Educational Administration from Santa Clara in 2009. He loved his seven years at Overfelt and especially enjoyed teaching World History AP.

Joe is married to a wonderfully supportive wife and lives in San Jose. His hobbies include chasing after his sweet and energetic four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, golfing, and watching his beloved Chicago Bears.