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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, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (1995-199...
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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 return to their land in the wake of...
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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 how the work continues in focusing...
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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, Dr. Bell calls for foundations to...
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What did you do your first year?
Melvin Backman interviews students in the Pit about how they got involved and why it still matters.
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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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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 South Africa during much of Mandela's...
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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 Day.
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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 Tufts is conducting, feeding rats...
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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 professor emeritus James A. Joseph was...
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Hodding Carter III | 2008 Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill
Hodding Carter III: "Public Policy, Public Opinion and the Public Good," Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture. September 16, 2008 Video Courtesy of UNC-TV.
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Life without Wayne: Day 201
Weezy F. baby and the F is for a mystery! And we're going to solve it.
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Stop The Flow of African-Americans to Prison
Watch the Exodus Foundation.org campaign story for exciting news and a hopeful outlook on re-entry, recidivism, and mass incarceration, through their successful Red Sea Crossings Mentoring...
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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 leader in residence for the Hart Leadershi...
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ABFE Presents the Nineteenth Annual James A. Joseph awards and ceremony
ABFE Presents the Nineteenth Annual James A.
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Prodigal Son Initiative
The program mentors and tutors 50-75 at-risk students ages 8-13 Monday through Thursday for two hours. The first hour includes having a healthy snack, completing homework and having a group...
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Duke emeritus professor honored for recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina
One decade after Hurricane Katrina, Duke University emeritus professor James Joseph reflects on his recovery efforts. This month, Joseph will be honored for work with the Foundation for Louisiana....
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Global Philanthropy Forum Conference
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Global Philanthropy Forum Conference in Washington, DC April 22, 2009. Text transcript: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2009a/04/122066.htm....
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