Josh is the Campaigns Organizer for school boards. In this role, he fosters relationships with school board members across the country to build a policy agenda. He supports school board members by providing resources and leadership development programming that brings members into collective action with each other in efforts to win transformational local policy for strong and equitable public schools.
Since 2019, Josh has served on the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) Board of Trustees in El Paso, Texas. Prior to joining Local Progress, he managed two separate higher education programs – an internship program for university students and a backbone organization for mental health and emotional well-being in a binational region. Josh has taught policy and government classes for undergraduate and graduate students. He has also staffed a county official, worked on various local government campaigns, and interned on Capitol Hill.
Josh was born, raised, and resides in El Paso, Texas. He is a four-time graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso, where he has earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Master of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Management, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. Josh’s dissertation was a case study of school closures that occurred at EPISD in 2019. The study found inequities at EPISD schools and exposed forms of interconnected oppression that families experienced related to their race/ethnicity, class, culture, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, environment, and gender.