Joseph B. Thompson, formerly known as DJ Bling, has been an integral leader in the Central Texas nonprofit community since 2008. Well-Known as a DJ, music industry professional, 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 late 1800s.
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. Since 2013, Joseph and DJ Bling Foundation have helped over 12,000 students in Austin, Bastrop, and surrounding communities investing over $1 Million in disadvantaged communities. DJ Bling Foundation also hosts one of the largest back to school events in Central Texas annually that provides free resources, live music, entertainment, and family fun in a festival atmosphere.
In 2020, 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 are 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. In addition, Joseph and DJ Bling Foundation helped launch the Family Advancement Mentoring and Education (F.A.M.E) Resource Center in Bastrop to help provide drug and alcohol education courses, mental health services, and other resources to families in Bastrop County.
Joseph also serves on the newly formed City of Bastrop Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force, on the committee headed by Bastrop County Cares to fund and build a recreation/wellness center in Bastrop County, and Joseph also serves on the Austin ISD Long Range Planning Committee for Technology.
In addition, Joseph holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Business from Full Sail University, a Masters of Science in Divinity from Liberty University, and serves as Pastor of Christian Interactive Fellowship Church in San Marcos, TX. Joseph also served active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007.
Why Vote for Joseph? Leadership = Service.
Joseph believes school board trustees are one of the most important elected officials in the country. School board trustees make important decisions that have a major impact on the future of our children which determine the future of our communities, our country, and our world. We need leaders who will make informed decisions for all students, staff, and the overall Bastrop community. Joseph's leadership and continued service in the community make him the perfect candidate for the task.
Joseph's experience with economically disadvantaged communities will help him navigate and lead in a district that is comprised of close to 70% economically disadvantaged students. Joseph believes and lives by doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons, expecting the right results and he will bring that decision making to Bastrop ISD which will benefit the future of our students and community.