Joseph Storch (@JosephStorchNY) is the Senior Director of Compliance and Innovation Solutions for Grand River Solutions. In that role he advises clients and works to develop new products, training, and resources in compliance, response, and prevention. Joe has provided over 700 digital and live conference presentations and training sessions to tens of thousands of higher education professionals in 30 U.S. states, furnishes technical guidance to numerous education institutions, organizations, and associations, and has twice served as an expert witness before the United States Senate (Armed Services, 2019; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, 2016).
He previously served as Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. At SUNY, he founded the Center for Advanced Research in Reducing the Impact of Violence in Education (ARRIVE Center) and served as Principal Investigator on more than $20 million in grants and external funding. He founded and oversaw the SUNY Student Conduct Institute, which offers compliance and best practice training annually to thousands of higher education professionals engaged in response to violence and conduct violations. In 2016, Joe founded the SUNY’s Got Your Back program which has provided over 125,000 comfort bags to victims and survivors of violence, while educating tens of thousands of students and community members. Joe served as Principal Investigator of the Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey, one of the largest such surveys in the nation, of the SPARC and RAPID online training programs, and of the SPECTRUM conference, the nation’s largest gathering addressing violence against members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, he served as a technical adviser to the Office of the Governor, developing comprehensive legislation enacted in July 2015 as Article 129-B of the Education Law (also called “Enough is Enough”) and has since served as principal author on guidance issued to implement that law. That same year, the National Association of College & University Attorneys awarded him its First Decade Award. In 2017, the One Love Foundation recognized his work in relationship violence prevention with its Unsung Hero Award and in 2018 the Pride Center of the Capital Region awarded him its Straight But Not Narrow award. In 2020, City and State selected him as one of its 40 Under 40.
Joe is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, of the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and of Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor. After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department and he currently serves as a member of that Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness. Joe served four years as Executive Editor of the Student Affairs Compliance Report & Analysis, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of College and University Law, and is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters in law reviews, practitioner journals, and popular media, most centering around campus safety or copyright law.