Ambassador United States – Mary Braxton-Joseph

Mary Braxton-JosephMary Braxton-Joseph is an Emmy-award winning television journalist and media consultant who divides her time between the United States and South Africa. Four years ago, in partnership with three South African businesswomen, she formed a film production company called Beautiful Bay Productions. The company’s first project is a made-for-TV movie based on the novel “The Valley Awakes” by Yousuf ‘Joe’ Rasool.

Mrs. Braxton-Joseph was instrumental in the development of two documentaries while living in South Africa (1996 through 1999). She conducted the initial research including an interview with President Nelson Mandela for “Apartheid’s Last Stand,” a documentary on Robben Island for the Discovery Channel that aired in 1999. She also served as South Africa Project Coordinator for “Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace,” a documentary on race and reconciliation that featured Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Dr. John Hope Franklin. The documentary aired in the United States on PBS and in South Africa on SABC in 2001.

From 1990 through 1995, Braxton-Joseph was Senior Advisor for Media Relations and Public Affairs for the Council on Foundations, and international association of 1900 foundations and other private donors whose assets total more than 200 billion dollars. Prior to joining the Council, Braxton-Joseph served as Manager of Community Affairs and Editorials for WJLA-TV 7, the ABC Network affiliate in Washington, D.C. She has won numerous awards for editorial excellence and television programming.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Braxton-Joseph is a graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C. While living in the Nation’s Capital, she served as president of several organizations, including the D.C. Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, the Association of Parliamentarians and the Bureau of Rehabilitation.

In 2000, she moved to North Carolina and was invited to serve on the Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee—a post she held for five years. A civic activist, she has served on several boards including the North Carolina School of the Arts and WUNC Radio. She currently serves on boards of Bennett College for Women, Connectinc and the Chatham County Fair Association. In January 2008 she was elected Vice Chair of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

She is married to the Honorable James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
(1996 through 1999), and they live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.