Joe is active in civic and community improvement. His commitment includes work as a director and officer of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (President), Montecito Educational Foundation (Co-President), Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California (President), Knowlwood Tennis Club (President), Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation (Vice President), Morris B. Squire Foundation (Vice President), Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara Bowl Capital Campaign, Santa Barbara Symphony, Surgical Eye Expeditions International and the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Joe coached YMCA youth basketball in Montecito for 14 years and regularly provides consulting and financial support to a range of community organizations.