Josh has two decades of experience in government relations representing both public and private entities in the legislative and executive branches of Washington State government. He is a respected advocate, trusted counselor, and skilled strategist. Josh has a deep knowledge of tax, finance, appropriations, employment, land use, natural resources, and public safety issues and over his career has secured millions of dollars in funding and successfully advocated for the passage and defeat of numerous bills. He is an experienced coalition builder and advocacy campaign manager.
Prior to joining the GTH-GA team, Josh spent nearly 10 years advocating for counties, serving as the Legislative Relations and Policy Director and General Counsel for the Washington State Association of Counties. Josh started working in Olympia in 1998 as nonpartisan counsel to the House of Representatives and served as Legislative Director for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. As Environmental Policy Director for the Washington Forest Protection Association he represented private forest landowners in the state’s environmental regulatory system. He also assisted in Governor Locke’s water reform efforts. Josh is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, graduate of Central Washington University and the Vermont Law School, and is a fourth generation Washingtonian. He lives in Olympia with his wife Karen.