Joel Cochran is the Chief Technology Officer for Causeway Solutions. Prior to joining Causeway, he served as the conservative Technical Evangelist on the Microsoft Campaign Technology Services team and worked with numerous campaigns and committee partners throughout the country during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.

Joel was born in Virginia and grew up in Iowa. Following his service in the United States Army, he began his post military career at a software company in Florida where he was a software developer on the IBM AS/400 platform. He then worked for a micro-ISV in Virginia writing software for local governments. This period led him through a wide range of technologies such as RPG, DB2, Java, Perl, PHP, MySQL, Linux, and more.

In 2003, Joel discovered C#, .NET, and SQL Server and has been dedicated to the Microsoft stack ever since. Joel is an expert at leveraging Microsoft Azure’s many features and services to build innovative solutions. Throughout his career he has ranged through a variety of web, desktop, and database development tools and environments.

An accomplished writer and speaker, Joel is passionate about teaching and was recognized as a 6-time Microsoft MVP. He earned his degree from James Madison University and lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his family.