Born and raised in Marietta as a member of Congregation Etz Chaim and Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Joseph Goldstein was active in USY in high school. He participated in both Hillel and Chabad while at the University of Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and law degrees.
While in college, Goldstein started a real estate company and bought and leased property. In the summer, he interned with Cobb County judges and the Cobb District Attorney’s Office. During law school, he had an externship working on the Senate Judiciary Committee through Sen. David Perdue’s office in Washington D.C.
“It was a good experience that allowed me to see how politics works in Washington D.C.,” he said. “I’d always wanted to try and give back to my community, so local government seemed like a natural way to do that and seeing everything in D.C. firsthand just solidified that.”
After sitting for the Georgia Bar Exam in July 2017, he qualified to run for the Marietta Ward 7 City Council seat. He passed the Bar, was admitted to practice law and won the election. Goldstein took office in January 2018 and continues to serve the City of Marietta.
He is on the Information, Technology and Communications Federal Policy Committee with the National League of Cities, on Marietta’s Pension Board and the Georgia Association of Public Pension Trustees. He is also vice-chair of sports and social committee for the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, and volunteers on various charitable projects including Marietta Tree Keepers, a group that plants various trees, flowers and other flora.
He works at his family’s commercial real estate business in Marietta.
Still a member of Etz Chaim, Goldstein often participates in Young Adult events and mitzvah days through the synagogue.