Joel M. Koppelman

National Trustee
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Joel and his wife, Sharon, have been living in Santa Monica for the past five years after years in Philadelphia. He is an engineering graduate of Drexel and holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Penn. Joel was co-founder and CEO of Primavera Systems, an internationally respected project management software company formed in 1983, just as the PC revolution began, and acquired in 2008 by Oracle. Joel is an avid abstract painter building upon 17 years of stone carving and clay classes in PAFA’s continuing education program. He is a trustee of both PAFA and Opera Philadelphia and served on Drexel’s board.


About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.