Carla Joseph has been an active member of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands for over 20 years. As the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, Ms. Joseph will be representing the Territory at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Ms. Joseph is a passionately driven public servant and has managed millions of dollars in federal, local and foundation funding for national and internationally recognized programs geared towards providing disadvantaged young people with a second chance to earn high school diplomas as well as industry recognized construction certifications.
Ms. Joseph has assisted in placing over 150 young people and adults in jobs. Ms. Joseph has written policies and procedures for the programs under her management. Additionally, Ms. Joseph successfully wrote awarded grant proposals. Ms. Joseph’s current track record in managing federal grants is zero federal findings and zero funding returned to the federal government.
Ms. Joseph worked for 10 consecutive years at the Legislature of the Virgin Islands beginning with Former Senators Arturo Watlington, Jr. and Carol M. Burke. In 1999, Ms. Joseph was promoted to Chief of Staff in the Office of former Senator George E. Goodwin. During her tenure in the Legislature, Ms. Joseph assisted in drafting legislations. Some of these legislations were specifically geared to promote affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for low- and modest-income families. Also, Ms. Joseph worked in the Executive Branch in the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor during the former Governor Charles W. Turnbull Administration.
Ms. Joseph is an accomplished community activist and was recognized as the Law Enforcement Planning Commission Person of the Year in 2014 for her work with disadvantaged young people and advocating for social justice. Ms. Joseph is also a former Girl Scout Leader and was awarded Girl Scout Leader of the Year. She was elected President of the Environmental Association of St. Thomas and St. John (EAST) for 10 consecutive years. One of Ms. Joseph’s greatest achievements as President was the lobbying efforts she led, which resulted in the government’s purchase of one of the last remaining pristine shorelines on the East end of St. Thomas, Smith Bay Park. She consistently fought for conservation, and responsible development to preserve the islands’ natural resources for the people of the Virgin Islands. She has also championed environmental education programs for the youth. Additionally, Ms. Joseph was elected in 2014 to Virgin Islands Board of Elections, and served as Secretary of the St. Thomas/St. John District Board and Vice-Chair of the Joint Board.
Ms. Joseph is a product of public housing having resided in public housing for over 26 years. She is a 1988 graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and certification as a Public Manager from the University of the Virgin Islands. Sister Carla is an active member of the Memorial Moravian Church having served as Youth Delegate to Synod, former Chair of the Board of Stewards, Delegate to V.I. Conference and Sunday School Teacher. Finally, Ms. Joseph is the parent of three girls, Denetra, Detrah and Delekah as well as proud grandparent of Jaiden.
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