College of Social Sciences


Joel Embry

Photo of Joel EmbryJOEL EMBRY is founder and CEO of Civic Software, Inc. a real estate development and consulting firm located on Amelia Island, Florida. He has over 40 years experience in banking and real estate development with large-scale mixed-use projects in Florida and Georgia. He also served as Senior Vice-President and Director of Community Development of CNL Real Estate & Development Corp.

Mr. Embry is founder and developer of Amelia Park, a nationally recognized and award winning example of New Urbanism development in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He has also directed planning and development of New Urbanism communities in Covington, GA and Tallahassee, FL as well as independent development of 7 residential neighborhoods and 3 commercial retail and professional office projects on Amelia Island. Mr. Embry has also completed adaptive re-use development of 5 historic buildings on Centre St. in the Fernandina Beach Historic District.

Mr. Embry has served as Director of 1000 Friends of Florida and National Town Builders Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida where he served as Founding Chairman of the Leadership Florida Institute. He is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Business. A native of Quincy, Florida, Joel moved to Fernandina Beach in 1979 from Jacksonville where he was Trust Officer and Director of Real Estate Assets at Barnett Banks Trust Company.