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Meet Joseph

Joseph B. Thompson, formerly known as DJ Bling, has been an integral leader in the Central Texas community since 2008. Well-Known as a DJ, music industry professional, advocate for public education, and Philanthropist, Joseph has been instrumental in advocating for and providing educational resources to economically disadvantaged students and their communities. Joseph is a 7th generation Bastropian, descendent of the Thompson and McMarion families who settled in Bastrop post slavery in the early 1900s. Joseph's wife, Gerlicia "GG" Francis-Thompson, is a graduate of Bastrop ISD and works as a Prevention Specialist at Bastrop Family Crisis Center.

In 2013, Joseph founded the DJ Bling Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students of disadvantaged communities with educational resources such as free school supplies, free health and dental screenings, clothes, shoes, food, free bicycles, and other resources needed to attain and maintain academic success. Joseph and DJ Bling Foundation have helped over 12,000 students in Austin, Bastrop, and surrounding communities investing over $1 Million in disadvantaged communities. The city of Austin has recognized Joseph and DJ Bling Foundation by proclaiming August 12th as DJ Bling Foundation Day in the City of Austin. Austin ISD and Texas Association of School Boards has also recognized Joseph and his work with DJ Bling Foundation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Joseph started the conversation on creating “virtual learning pods” to create hubs for students to have access to stable internet and support during virtual learning. Under his leadership, DJ Bling Foundation hosted virtual learning pods in Bastrop for Bastrop ISD students and also provided free counseling to students who were experiencing mental health effects from the pandemic, virtual learning struggles, and other issues. DJ Bling Foundation also donated funding to provide internet hotspots to disadvantaged students in Austin ISD.

Joseph served as an initial member on the Bastrop City Manager's Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force before it became a formal City of Bastrop Commission, he also served as Co-Chair of Bastrop County Cares Recreation & Wellbeing Center committee initiative, and Joseph also served as Co-Chair of Austin ISD's Technology Long Range Planning Committee. 

In addition, Joseph holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Business from Full Sail University, a Master of Science in Divinity from Liberty University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Harvard University, is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership Higher Education from Grand Canyon University with graduation date in 2023, and serves as an ordained Pastor of Christian Interactive Fellowship Church. Joseph served five years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Embarkation Combat Logistics Operations Specialist responsible for the planning and movement of troops and cargo, with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was honorably discharged in 2010. Joseph is a current member of The American Legion and the National Rifle Association


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