Joe, Pam and their 19-year-old son, Danny, live in Limerick Township where they purchased a home in 2001. He was elected in 2003 to the Spring-Ford Area School Board, where he served for 12-plus years, including four years as president and four years as vice president.
Once his son graduated, Joe opted not to run for re-election to the school board.
For the last 16 years, Joe has worked as the Director of Sales and Promotions at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a world-class arts center in Philadelphia. In this role, he works with Fortune 500 companies — executing multi-million dollar productions and building corporate partnerships.
One of three children, Joe was born in Long Island, New York, to Maria and James Ciresi. His father worked at a hydraulic filter factory and became a shop steward for the United Auto Workers.
His parents instilled the values of hard work and sacrifice. With the assistance of student loans and part-time jobs, Joe was the first in his family to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in 1992, where he met his wife. After graduation, he worked odd jobs to make ends meet until he was able to pursue a sales career at the national theater publication, Playbill.
Joe has led the charge as board president for Petra Community Housing, which builds affordable housing options for seniors and the disabled in our community. This non-profit organization, based in Spring City, helped successfully open the Freedom House in Royersford, as well as the Flag House and Bard Complex in Spring City.
He promoted and strengthened vocational training at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center as chair of the joint operating committee. Enrollment at the center has increased by 30 percent.
Joe’s involvement in the district also includes the Trappe Community Music School, where he serves on the board of directors.
In Pottstown, he combined his interests in the performing arts and community revitalization by serving on the Steel River Playhouse steering committee. Today, Steel River “attracts new audiences to live theater, with convenient, affordable and high quality performances, comprehensive educational offerings, and enriching volunteer participation in all aspects of theatre arts, both onstage and off,” according to the theater website.
These experiences and contributions to the community would help make Joe Ciresi an effective state legislator.