Joe Youngblood is the Director for Development for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He will focus on developing major and principal gifts that will strengthen and expand HRI’s basic and applied research programs. Prior to joining HRI, Joe enjoyed a 25-year tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, where he led strategic fundraising efforts as associate dean for development and external affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and as executive director of development for the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Jackson School for Geosciences.
Joe spent the early part of his career in Washington DC as an analyst for the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration and the Federal Reserve Board, and as a program developer for the US-Asia Environmental Partnership – a nonprofit organization that developed environmental technology cooperation projects between the US and 34 countries in Asia. Joe’s move to HRI reflects his longstanding interest in environmental protection, particularly as it relates to his favorite body of water – the Gulf of Mexico.
Joe was born in Robstown, Texas, and is graduate of Richard King High School in Corpus. Joe went on to earn his BA in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin and then his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. He also spent a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Rotary International Fellow.