A proud product of public schools

Josh grew up in Bismarck, N.D. where his father is a retired construction supervisor and his mother works for the local school district. He understands the power of a great public education, having attended public schools from kindergarten through college.

A leader

After high school, Josh studied communications at North Dakota State University, where he became student body president and managed a multi-million dollar budget. 

While there, he also co-founded the campus chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever.  He went on “Pay It Forward” Tours, traveling all over the country doing community service and helping to build teams of students who were organized and inspired to give back to their communities.  He also served as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

In his first term on the Minneapolis Board of Education, Josh has been focused on students, a stable voice of reason, and is leading the effort to establish a governance structure that keeps the Board focused on students and a vision for the future.

A classroom teacher

After graduation, Josh taught 4th grade in the Atlanta Public Schools. He taught science and reading in a school with over 95% students who received free and reduced lunch, many of whom were academically far behind their grade level. Watching his students beat the odds and make significant gains was deeply rewarding for him.

A nonprofit executive working with youth.

Josh moved to Minneapolis to rejoin Students Today Leaders Forever. He is now co-executive director of the organization, which was founded in 2003 by four U of M students at the Carlson School of Management. The Minneapolis-based nonprofit now has 35 campus chapters in 13 states. STLF works with junior high, high school, and college students to help them reveal their passions and put them to use for a better world through direct action and community service. 

An active citizen

Outside of his nonprofit role, Josh is a partner with Social Venture Partners and has been a Big through Big Brother Big Sister. He lives in Bryn Mawr with his partner, Daniela, an elementary school principal. In his spare time, Josh loves to read, write parody songs, and play disc golf and basketball.