Joseph Grillo grew up in a small town just outside of Indianapolis Indiana. He attended Indiana State University for two years before withdrawing from classes to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. From 2013 to 2016, Joseph served as an Engineer with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), in Indian Head Maryland. With CBIRF, Joseph was assigned to several Joint Task Forces that supported critical national interest events such as; President Obama’s 2014 and 2015 State Of The Union Addresses, Pope Francis’s 2015 visit to the United Nations in New York City, the 2015 National Nuclear Security Summit, and the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. As a Jr. Marine, Joseph organized a multi-state donation drive (dubbed Project Give Them Hope), that delivered an approximate $100,000 worth of cold-weather gear, blankets, and daily use items (deodorant, hand sanitizer, chap-stick, and baby wipes) to individuals in need around the Washington D.C. area. In 2017, Joseph relocated to San Diego California, to serve with Combat Logistics Company 11 (CLC-11) on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. While at CLC-11, Joseph began taking night classes at Vincennes University, located on Naval Medical Hospital Balboa. In 2019, Joseph began working with S2S and the Warrior Scholar’s Project to prepare for transition from active duty to academia. Joseph is a member of the Williams College class of 2024 and has intentions on someday earning a PhD. His current academic interests are in Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology. Joseph is passionate about learning, volunteer work, Cincinnati Red’s baseball, his golf game, and remembering to enjoy the moment.