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Ambassador James A Joseph is professor emeritus of the practice of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University He is also leader in residence for the Hart Leadership Program and founder of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke and the University of Cape Town He has served in senior executive or advisory positions for four US Presidents, including appointments by President Jimmy Carter as Under Secretary of the Interior and President William Clinton as US Ambassador to South Africa In 1999, the Republic of South Africa awarded Ambassador Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of another country In 2008, he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was honored by the United States Peace Corps for his life- long contributions to voluntarism and civil society The founding chair of the Commission on National and Community Service that established AmeriCorps, he serves presently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation), and as a member of the board of directors of the Heron Foundation in New York City Ambassador Joseph has had a distinguished career in business, education and civil society From 1982-1995, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations, an international organization of more than 2000 foundations and corporate giving programs He served as a Vice President of Cummins Engine Company, the world’s largest producer of heavy duty diesel engines, and President of the Cummins Foundation from 1971-1977.

An ordained minister, he has taught at Yale Divinity School and the Claremont Colleges where he was also University Chaplain In 1985, he was a Distinguished Visitor at Nuffield College at Oxford University and serves presently as an Honorary Professor and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town After graduating from Southern University and Yale, Ambassador Joseph began his career at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1963, where he was also founding co-chair of the local civil rights movement A frequent speaker to academic, civic and religious audiences, he is the author of three books, "The Charitable Impulse," "Remaking America" and "Leadership as a Way of Being" A fourth book on "Private Virtue and the Search for Public Values" will be published by the Duke University Press in 2013 He is the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and his undergraduate alma mater, Southern University, has named an endowed chair in his honor The Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations appointed him President Emeritus and the Association of Black Foundation Executives established the James A Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy He is also chairman emeritus of the NHP Foundation In 1979, Joseph was named by "Ebony" magazine as “One of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans” and later by Fortune magazine as one of “America’s Best Nonprofit Managers.

” He has served on the Board of Directors of the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Children’s Defense Fund and City Year South Africa He serves presently as a member of the board of directors and chairman emeritus of MDC, the successor to the North Carolina Fund now serving low wealth communities throughout the South, and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Andrew Young Policy Center at Morehouse College A director of the Management and Training Corporation, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy for Public Administration Ambassador Joseph is married to the former Mary Braxton, an Emmy Award winning television journalist He has two children and two grand children .



 
The Honorable James A. Joseph - 2010 Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Directors Award
On September 9, 2010, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams presented the 2010 Franklin H. Williams Director's Award to The Honorable James A. Joseph, ...
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An Evening with Ambassador James A. Joseph
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa James A. Joseph joins us in the Learning Lab for a conversation with students from the Journalism & Media Academy ...
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Nineteenth Annual James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy and Awards Ceremony
Nineteenth Annual James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy and Awards Ceremony 2010.
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Ambassador James A. Joseph on Foundation for Louisiana
Ambassador James Joseph, Chairman Emeritus of Foundation for Louisiana, reflects on the organization's beginnings in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and ...
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Hon. James A. Joseph | 2009 Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill
Hon. James A. Joseph, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa: "Remaking America: Higher Education and Civic Engagement," Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture.
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MLK Day 2016: Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker Ambassador James A. Joseph
James A. Joseph, Ambassador to South Africa under President William Clinton, delivered the keynote address during the opening ceremony for Taft's 2016 MLK ...
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Saved for a Purpose: James Joseph
As a senior member of the Carter administration, James Joseph faced a seemingly impossible ethical dilemma. The people of the island of Bikini wanted to ...
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Leadership Lessons From Mandela
The movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" chronicling the life of Nelson Mandela debuts in theaters Nov. 28. During much of Mandela's presidency, Duke ...
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Former Ambassador to South Africa Remembers Nelson Mandela
Former South African president Nelson Mandela died today in Johannesburg at age 95. Duke professor emeritus James A. Joseph was the U.S. ambassador to ...
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James Joseph, Monday, February 23, 2015
Ambassador James A. Joseph is emeritus professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He has been a ...
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30th Aniversary of Greensboro Massacre
Keynote Speakers: Professor James A. Joseph, former Ambassador to South Africa, and Duke University Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies ...
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SHEROES Summit 2014 | Championing Remote Work - James Joseph, Author Gods Own Office
James Joseph is the founder of JackFruit365™- an initiative to create an organized market for Indian Jackfruits in India, 80 percent of which is reported to be ...
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BRB Real Talk 001
Saturday, June 13, 2015, T.T. Allain Hall Room 313 Title of Panel: Leadership in the New Normal Panel Moderator: Ambassador James A. Joseph Presenters: ...
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Learning From Our Past to Enhance Our Future - 2014 Fall Conference Opening Plenary
0:00 Ronn Richard and the Ohio community foundations welcome you to their state 15:00 Ambassador James Joseph takes the stage to discuss how the field ...
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Part 2: Thank you, ABFE
Skillman Foundation President & CEO delivers the 16th James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy on April 28, 2007, in Seattle. In this segment, Goss thanks the ...
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More than money: pathways for philanthropy and government
The Association of Black Foundation Executives names Dr. William C. Bell as the 2014 James A. Joseph Lecturer on January 21, 2015. In his keynote address, ...
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Berries, Walnuts and Anti-aging
WellWise.org editor in chief James Townsend interviews James A. Joseph, PhD, of Tufts University, about the reversal of motor and cognitive deficits, that are ...
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Part 7: Embracing the community
Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss champions the ancient model of engaging the community to create change. Part of the 16th James A. Joseph ...
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The Effect of Whole Foods on Aging
WellWise.org editor in chief James Townsend interviews James A. Joseph, PhD, of Tufts University, about the dramatic effects being seen in anti-aging studies ...
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