Joel Searby, Senior Strategist
Joel Searby is a veteran consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the realm of political campaigning, government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategic planning, leadership development, and faith-based initiatives.
He spent a decade in consulting with one of the largest firms in the Southeast, serving as CEO beginning in 2014. They served clients in 17 states from federal to local, large PACs, trade associations and many others. In 2016, feeling a strong calling to step into the presidential mess, he left the firm to run Evan McMullin’s historic three-month presidential campaign.
Joel has worked with campaigns and organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes and resources – from local candidates for office to managing a presidential campaign and from small trade associations with a few thousand members to some of the largest with over a hundred thousand members and multi-million dollar budgets.
In his work Joel has focused on helping people and organizations identify their goals and challenges, create plans and budgets to meet them, assemble the necessary resources and teams to achieve the goals and then execute the plans for success. A true soup-to-nuts leader, Joel thrives in challenging situations that require intense focus and creative solutions to difficult problems – be they getting elected, passing or defeating legislation, strategizing through difficult organizational transformation or identifying and equipping leaders.
Joel grew up in Normal, Illinois and attended University High School and graduated from Lincoln Christian University. Joel and his wife Jen spent 6 months of their first year of marriage living in Santiago, Chile serving with a church plant and working with young mothers, kids, drug addicts and others in a rough part of the city. Both are fluent in Spanish and have traveled extensively in Central and South America.
Together with his wife Jen and their children Evan and Lydia, Joel lives in Archer, Florida. They attend Greenhouse Church where he serves as a lay pastor at one of their campuses.
You can read Joel’s musings at JoelSearby.com.