Our People

Joe Cottew

People Operations Manager

Joe is a Minnesota native, growing up in a small town only to move to another small town for college. There he transitioned from the Dew to coffee while studying abroad in a small Spanish city.

After college he spent time in construction, sales, and after a short time living in a medium sized city (Minneapolis) he finally went back to his first labor-love, camping. And lived in the woods. Joe served at Camp Director for YMCA Camp Ihduhapi for 6 years. During that time, he learned that mentoring others was his true passion and working with international camp counselors, campers, and partners was the best part of his day.

In 2012 he took that combination of camping and international programming back to Spain where we lived and worked for YMCA Spain for 5 years managing all international programming. He finally got to live in a big city, Madrid!

After meeting the love of his life, Jessica, a Spanish native, they decided to move to Minnesota. She is still not sure how he tricked her into it (re: winter). This is when Joe started working in human resources, fulfilling his work in mentoring others, but in another way.

Along the way, Joe’s coffee love has only increased. His favorite forms of coffee are café con leche, cortado, cold brew, and a steaming hot pour over.

His true food love is pizza. Joe worked at three different pizzerias in his lifetime!

Joe spends time walking his two dachshunds (Pepo and Onak), biking, trail hiking, canoeing in the BWCA or anywhere. He loves camping, road trips, jamón serrano, “tapeando”, having a craft brew with friends, lawn bowling, and traveling as far and wide as possible.