Joseph A. Aluise earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with distinction and was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, he taught middle school history for two years in the Houston Independent School District as a corps member.
After marrying fellow Teach for America corps member Rhonda Kalifey, Joe attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he served on the managing board of the Journal of Law and Politics as Notes Editor and earned his J.D. in 1997. He also is a member of the Virginia Chapter of the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, Joe clerked for United States District Judge Tucker L. Melançon in Lafayette, Louisiana.
After completing his clerkship in 1998, Joe and Rhonda moved to New Orleans, and Joe served as an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for over two years. Joe then practiced commercial litigation at the New Orleans law firm of Stone Pigman Walther & Wittmann LP before moving on to become an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. After serving as a federal prosecutor for over three years, Joe accepted his current position as an in-house attorney with Entergy Corporation.
Joe is now Assistant General Counsel in the Entergy Legal Department while Rhonda is the Executive Director of KIPP New Orleans. Joe and Rhonda have three daughters and plan to stay in New Orleans. They are committed to rebuilding the city and are excited about the potential for change and progress in the realm of New Orleans public education, and especially the prospects for Teach For America being a driving force for change in this area. Joe is on the board of Teach For America Greater New Orleans–Louisiana Delta.