BackgroundA 2011 W&M graduate, Joseph’s passion for issues of education equity and community engagement started during his time on campus. In addition to being a volunteer at Matthew Whaley Elementary School and Literacy for Life, he was awarded a Community Engagement Grant from the OCE to research community engagement and education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans. This work served as the foundation for Joseph’s graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where he earned an M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society.
While at Penn, Joseph also worked at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, where he worked to support relationships between the Center, Penn faculty, and West Philadelphia schools to improve life outcomes for youth and adults in the community.
After his graduate studies, Joseph moved to New Orleans where he became the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Homer A. Plessy Community School, where he developed evaluation initiatives to support the school’s mission. Later, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Quality & Equity in Education at Loyola University New Orleans. In this capacity, Joseph helped develop partnerships with nonprofits and schools that provided strategic and programmatic support for initiatives at the K-12 level while also allowing undergraduates the opportunity to participate in education reform initiatives.
Joseph is the co-editor of a book on school choice and equity in post-Katrina New Orleans and his work has appeared in a variety of academic and public venues.