Celebrating Wake County's Black Leaders

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Threadcraft


Dr. Joseph Threadcraft is a licensed professional engineer in GA, AL, FL, NC, and MD. He earned his PhD at Indiana State University. He has served his country as a Naval Officer and currently serves as the Environmental Services Director for Wake County and President of Threadcraft Engineering, Inc. 

Some of his noted achievements include:

  • Published his Dissertation titled “An Environmental Value Engineering (EVE) EMERGY Analysis Rubric to Compare High-Speed Passenger Rail and Interstate Passenger Car Transportation Alternatives Through a Fixed Distance” to determine which has the least impact on the environmental while meeting the need of transporting people. US Copyright Certificate of Registration Number TX 8-078-121
  • Co-authored a chapter in a book titled Innovations in Home Energy Use.
  • Responsible charge of over $ 2 billion dollars of complex design and construction projects.
  • Provided leadership for projects that achieved recognition through 28 national or regional awards.
  • Managed the design, mitigation, and construction of the “Mobile Container Terminal at Choctaw Point”. This project was ultimately inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
  • In 2004, he was selected by the Alabama State Port Authority to travel to Cuba where he evaluated all the Country’s major port and rail infrastructure. While there, he was invited to attend a state dinner hosted by the late President Fidel Castro.


What do you see as your greatest accomplishment as an African American leader?
My general development into “just being a good person…”

What is your “secret sauce,” or the leadership principles that have most contributed to your success?

  1. Find a good mentor…someone that has experience in your areas of interest and a vested interest in your future.
  2. I like the US Navy Seal’s motto, “The only easy day was yesterday.”

How do you continue to grow and develop as a leader, and what are the keys to developing the next generation of leaders in government?
I continue to set milestones.

With the benefit of hindsight, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
It does not matter where you are from, what matters is where you are going and remain confident that you have the ability to get there.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Warren Buffett’s “The Making of an American Capitalist.”