Before moving to San Diego in 2013, Josh graduated with a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Canisius College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Niagara University, both in New York.
Until early 2019, Josh served as an Assistant Director in Student Affairs at the University of San Diego where he advised and supervised all operations of the student government.
For five years, Josh volunteered as a digital crisis counselor with The Trevor Project, the leading national organization that provides crisis intervention services and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ young people.
Josh became more involved in the LGBTQ community and co-chaired the San Diego Trevor Project volunteer group and coordinated outreach and fundraising events.
Josh worked to infuse The Trevor Project into San Diego LGBT Pride after-school youth programs, Youth Leadership Academy, and in the creation of a Youth Zone within the Pride festival.
In 2015, Josh was awarded Ambassador of the Year by the Trevor Project and in 2017, Josh was awarded the San Diego Pride Spirt of Stonewall Community Service Award.
Additionally, Josh is a 2017 graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute. That same year he served as deputy campaign manager for the Dave Myers for San Diego Sheriff campaign.
Josh credits the LGBTQ community and the trailblazers that came before him for his plunge into local government where he now serves as policy director in the District 2 San Diego City Council office with Council President Dr. Jennifer Campbell. For self-care, Josh and his partner John enjoy walking their cute rescue dog Lucy and enjoying a glass or two of wine.