Joe Valk is on the Advisory Committees of Foreign Policy in Focus and of Friends Committee on National Legislation.
In 1967 Volk refused a deferment from the draft and went into the Army to try to organize troops to refuse deployment to Vietnam. In 1968, he refused to go with his mechanized cavalry unit to Vietnam. He was convicted in a court martial on AWOL charges and subsequently discharged honorably after doing a short time in an Army stockade.
American Friends Service Committee
Until 1990, Volk worked for the American Friends Service Committee based in Philadelphia.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Joe Volk is the Executive Secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby based in Washington D.C.
Africa Action involvement
In 2009, Joe Volk was listed on the Board of Directors for Africa Action.
U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines
Volk is on the Steering Committee of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Foreign Policy in Focus
Volk is on the Advisory Committee for Foreign Policy in Focus.