Joe Babb is a retired 20-year diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. He entered the Foreign Service in 1999, and served overseas at the U.S. embassies in Mexico, Spain, and Latvia, and at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.
Domestically, Joe served as a senior advisor to the International Joint Commission, which administers the U.S.-Canadian treaty on sharing the Great Lakes and border rivers. He finished his career working on international trade negotiations in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. He served on the interagency teams that renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, now USMCA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the European Union, and the initial free trade treaty discussions with the United Kingdom following their Brexit vote. Joe was also an accredited delegate to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) committees on agricultural trade.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Science, specializing in stream and river biology, from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA in International Business from San Diego State University. From 1988 to 1999, Joe worked as an environmental management specialist with the County of San Diego Department of Planning and Land Use, analyzing the environmental impacts of development projects and developing satellite mapping and computer modeling for the region’s Multiple Species Conservation Plan.
Joe is married to music teacher Puri Babb, whom he met while serving in Madrid, Spain, and they have two high school-age children. The family attends Burke Community Church. Joe speaks Spanish, Latvian, Turkish and Russian, and coached for five seasons with the Springfield South County Youth Club (SYC) in volleyball and flag football.
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