Joe W. Dillard, President
Norfolk Branch NAACP

Joe W. Dillard Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia to Joe Dillard. Sr. and Teresa Dillard. At the age 6, Joe's parents moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he attended Tanners Creek Elementary; Camp Allen Elementary; Northside Middle and Granby High Schools.

Mr. Dillard began his undergraduate studies at Virginia State University where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. He then transferred to Norfolk State University where he completed his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. He is currently enrolled in Norfolk State University's Graduate Program with the concentration in Urban Affairs.

In 2012, Mr. Dillard was appointed Chairman of Housing and Community Planning for Norfolk State University NAACP Chapter where he advocated to guarantee the rights of students and staff to live in any campus controlled housing without regard to race or color. He demanded the enforcement of community housing for both students and staff. When necessary, with approval of the Association, he sponsored direct action programs as a means of publicizing and correcting intolerable housing conditions. He sought to eliminate segregation and discrimination and to improve the general housing conditions for Blacks and other minorities in the community at large.

In April of 2013, Mr. Dillard was appointed Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Norfolk Branch NAACP where he promoted the growth of entrepreneurship among African-Americans and was charged to increase employment opportunities with private and public entities. 

In September of 2013, Mr. Dillard was appointed 2nd Vice President of the Norfolk NAACP with the core responsibilities of providing support to the President, Branch and community and to ensure and maintain communication with the Executive Committee, sharing relevant information for branch meetings. 

In October of 2013, Mr. Dillard assumed the title of was appointed Interim President and served the remaining term of the outgoing President. On November 10, 2014, he was elected President of the Norfolk Branch NAACP, becoming the youngest president in the United States. He continues to serve with the vision of uniting the community as one. 

He serves as a prominent and active member of Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia located in the Norview area. 

He serves as a board member on the following boards:
Mayors Commission on Poverty Reduction
Elizabeth River Tunnel Crossing 
Community Advisory Board Norfolk Public Schools
Eastside Community Development Corporation 
Co Chairman for the Virginia NAACP Resolutions Committee
Region 7 National NAACP Credential Committee Member

  He currently belongs to the following organizations:
Oakwood Civic League Norfolk Virginia
Blooming Light Lodge 132 F & AM Prince Hall Affiliated
Cohesion Chapter No.14 R.A.M Prince Hall Affiliated 
National Council of Negro Women Norfolk Council
Hampton Roads Urban League of Young Professionals 
Norfolk Democratic Committee
Portsmouth Democratic Committee 

Mr. Dillard may be contacted at: 
Joe W. Dillard Jr.
Norfolk Branch NAACP, President 
Twitter: @Joe_Dillard_Jr

Family, Friends and Colleagues, 

I am excited to share with you that Inside Business Hampton Roads selected me as a 2018 Top 40 Under 40 nominee. The Top 40 Under 40 recognizes outstanding young businesspeople in the Hampton Roads community who exemplify success in their profession and spotlights how they give back or use their talents to advance the region through community involvement. 

I am truly grateful to have been selected for Inside Business Top 40 Under 40 and I would be honored to share this special occasion with each of you. Inside Business will host an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St., Norfolk VA 23510. The Cocktail Reception will occur between 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm followed by dinner and awards. If you are able to attend the ceremony, please let me know and register at the following link by October 16, 2018: Tickets are currently available for $65. 

Thank you for all of your support over the years and I look forward to seeing each of you on October 23.