|Yale University, J.D.|
|Yale University, B.A.|
Josh is the Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel of Personal (www.personal.com), a digital life management platform that enables people to build a private, personal network centered on a data vault where they can control access to their personal information and manage their online identity.
Josh leads legal, policy and communications affairs for Personal, in addition to sharing some partner development responsibilities. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he helped to build and later co-led the Public Strategies and Crisis Management Practice, specializing in integrated legal, political and regulatory, and communications strategies for public and private companies, including tech start-ups. He began his legal career at Sidley Austin LLP as one of the first lawyers in the firm’s global privacy, information management and data security group.
Josh has a background in communications, policy and strategy from public service and politics, including the U.S. Senate, a governor’s office, and presidential, congressional and state campaigns. He was a press and foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator David Boren and later press secretary of the University of Oklahoma, where Boren became president. Among other races, Josh worked on the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley and John Kerry and Rahm Emanuel’s first congressional campaign. He also served on the Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams in 2008 and 2004 as a writer, editor and presentation coach for podium speakers.
Josh is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a class on crisis management and the law. He is a participant in the World Economic Forum’s Rethinking Personal Data project, and speaks and writes about privacy and data, legal, policy and business issues. He has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation D.C. Metro Chapter, the national public interest justice organization the Appleseed Network, and the New Leaders for New Schools D.C. Program.