Dr. Joe Colletti is a social reformer who has modeled his life in the tradition of past and contemporary Christian reformers who have dedicated their lives to solving and ending social injustices. He has worked passionately with many cities and counties to end homelessness and has helped develop and implement many plans and programs that have resulted in thousands of homeless people exiting their state of homelessness. He has also strategized and labored with several jurisdictions in bringing social and economic reinvestment to neighborhoods that have experienced decades of disinvestment. He has worked passionately with non-government and government agencies to end various types of discrimination involving class, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, housing, income, and land use by changing such practices in local jurisdictional ordinances and statutes within their municipal codes.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and the Director of Fuller Seminary Office for Urban Initiatives. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Urban Initiatives and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development. Much of his teaching and community and economic development experience focus on the issues of affordable housing, economic development, fair housing, health and mental health care, homelessness, human trafficking, and substance abuse.
At Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Colletti teaches GM518, Introduction to Urban Studies and TM522, Homelessness, Congregations and Community Partnerships.