Trendsetters: Today and Beyond
High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond -- but whose biggest contributions may be yet to come. The governors also make their picks.
Florida Trend asked Gov. Claude Kirk to write about a Floridian who’ll change the state in the coming years.
Joe lost both of his parents during college but remained active with initiatives ranging from founding a free health clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans that sees thousands of patients a year to building a technical school in Rwanda. He has been involved with the campaign to provide healthcare to Leon County’s working families and co-founded a group for international service-based student exchanges. He is working in Washington, D.C., to create the U.S. Public Service Academy, the first civilian counterpart to the military academies.
Joe will study toward a doctorate in social policy at the University of Oxford under the Rhodes Scholarship. His plans include a career in the public sector working on some of society’s most persistent social problems. His interests include family, politics, sports and the outdoors.”
— Gov. Claude Kirk (1967-1971)