Joseph Holland

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  • Education & Non-Profit; Entertainment; Other

  • New York, NY

Joseph H. Holland is a Harlem-based writer, entrepreneur and civic leader with over thirty years of experience empowering individuals through grassroots strategies. Holland’s memoir, “From Harlem With Love: An Ivy Leaguer’s Inner-City Odyssey” was published in 2012 and a devotional, “Holistic Hardware: Building an Inspirational Lifestyle in 30 Days”, in 2013. He is currently writing a self-help book, “The Vigorous Virtues: Principles for Living a Life of Faith, Hope and Love”. Holland’s first play, “Cast Me Down”, garnered six AUDELCO nominations and enjoyed a nation-wide tour before running Off- Broadway. His second play, "Homegrown," experienced two extended runs at Harlem’s National Black Theatre. He wrote and produced “Holistic Hardware: Tools That Build Lives”, a motivational series stemming from his work at a homeless shelter, Harkhomes, which he founded. Holland served as VP of the Harlem Business Alliance and co-founded the Beth Hark Crisis Center. He served as NYS Housing Commissioner where he orchestrated the funding of hundreds of units of affordable housing. As the youngest alumni-elected member of the Cornell Board of Trustees, Holland spearheaded the Cornell Cooperative Extension Literacy Initiative, a program where undergraduates helped Harlem’s children with literacy skills. As the spokesman for Verizon’s Life’s Playbook, he did motivational speaking across the US. He doubled the size of the Westchester Clubmen, an organization of African-American professionals sponsoring college prep programming. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Cornell and was an All-American football player. He holds his J.D. from Harvard Law. Holland received awards for his business and social accomplishments: President Clinton recognized him for community-building; the Small Business Administration named him Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year; he was honored with President Bush's Volunteer Action Award and was NYC’s Entrepreneur of the Year; and he received an honorary degree from CUNY Law School.