Joel Nitzberg

Joel Nitzberg

Director of Programs

New England Center for Arts & Technology (NECAT)

Boston, MA USA

When I allowed myself the enjoyment of the journey without the fear of reaching a dead end, it was fun.


By Roadtrip Nation

Joel Nitzberg


My road in life has taken me all over.
Grew up in a poor area of New York with a “dysfunctional” family; his parents separated four times when he was young.
Says that emotional pain can be a positive thing; he thinks that experiencing hardships as a child helped him build resiliency.
He majored in geology in college, then switched over to art and communications; he says cameras were his life.
His first job was at a workshop for developmentally disabled adults; that inspired him to go back to school and get his Master of Social Work degree at Hunter College.
Years later, after he’d tried many different things, he got into community education and the passion hit him like a “lightning bolt.”
Now he works at NECAT, where he helps to train Boston’s inner-city community members in the culinary arts.
He’s never stayed at the same job for more than seven years at a time, which he says has given him the opportunity to explore different paths.
Says it’s a lifelong process to “figure one’s self out,” but he feels like he’s just about reached that point.
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Director of Programs

I oversee daily operations, establish relationships with partners, and develop processes to improve current programs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I identify with being a Community Educator, working in concert with multiple stakeholders to provide educational programs and experiences that are transformative for families, individual, and communities. I managed program development of this start-up job training and education organization, helping create a "whole-learner" orientation, balancing culinary arts content with personal development (soft skills), and tapping into the strengths of each individual within this learning community.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

You don't have to decide every step of your life right now. Be open to taking new opportunities and don't be afraid to move on when the time is right. Enjoy the journey.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm never going to find a job. "

Challenges I Overcame

Dysfunctional Family