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Joe Holland, Trustee Emeritus


October 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT


Corson-Mudd Hall

Is God calling you to make a difference in our world? Not sure you’ve heard your divine call? Come hear about the movement of divine call and deepen your understanding of how the Lord moves it from moment through mystery to mastery, culminating in mission.


Joseph H. Holland (“Holland”) is a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader with twenty-five years of experience working in prominent organizations in law, business and government.

After law school, Holland relocated to Harlem where he established a real estate law practice and a holistic outreach ministry. He became legal counsel to Christ Community Church of Harlem and was ordained by its pastor, the late Rev. Linnette Williamson. He served as co-pastor and started Harkhomes, a shelter for homeless men. Stemming from his work with the homeless, Mr. Holland conceived Holistic Hardware, a life and job skills program for restoring lives in crisis.

Holland also served in government, beginning as Director and General Counsel to the New York State Senate Committee on Housing and Community Development. He was subsequently New York State Housing Commissioner, where he managed over 1,500 employees and orchestrated the planning and funding of thousands of units of affordable housing in various locations across New York State.

A graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player, Holland has served on the University’s Board of Trustees for twelve years before being appointed Trustee Emeritus. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Holland has received awards and honors for both his business and social service accomplishments. In 2006, he was recognized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce with its annual Community Service Award. In 1993 President Bill Clinton recognized Mr. Holland in a White House ceremony for his community-building initiatives. In 1992 the United States Small Business Administration named him Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year for New York State. In 1991 Mr. Holland was honored with President George Bush’s Volunteer Action Award and with New York City’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also received an honorary degree from the City University of New York Law School.

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