I am an 87-year-old person and I am writing here as a witness. I have known Joe for three decades or more. I first met Joe some thirty odd years ago as he was Executive Director of The California Industry Education Council. Being a board member, was impressed with his ability to broker productive relationships between the disparate members of the council (Education, Industry, Union and Corrections). He was able to leverage the considerable force of the council in materially impacting how secondary high school student were prepared to succeed in entering the world of work. He was indeed a visionary and a doer. He turned good-ideas from being a noun to that of a verb!
Subsequently, Joe has had continued success, in both the private and public sectors as well as establishing his own successful private enterprise. I can say unequivocally, that in his work efforts, regardless, of where he was or what he was doing, he never lost site of the prize, that of social and economic justice for all! This not political hyperbole, this is Joe.
Since we all are the sum of our experiences, they dictate how we think and roll. I can't think of any person being more qualified for public service than Joe. He will serve this community admirably. Good luck my good brother.
-Ben Johnson, Oregon Black Pioneers Board Advisor