Josh has been with MPC since 2006. His focus is on advancing MPC’s environmental and economic goals through policy research, advocacy, and community engagement. He directs MPC’s water resources programs, such as the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor and “What Our Water's Worth” campaign, and provides technical assistance through several regional partnerships, including the Northwest Water Planning Alliance. He co-authored Before the Wells Run Dry, and now works with state, regional and local leaders on strategies to sustainably manage Illinois' finite water resources. He also leads many of MPC's research projects; most recently, he led MPC's team in developing a livability-focused methodology for prioritizing Bus Rapid Transit opportunities in Chicago. He also coordinates MPC's research assistant program, of which he himself is an alumnus.
A New Hampshire native, Josh resides in Chicago’s South Loop, and spends a lot of time in Lake Michigan and on the lake shore path. He managed a small school in Japan before his graduate studies in public policy and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. His honors thesis, published in Water, Environmental Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Conflict and Cooperation in Central Eurasia, compared the political discourse of marsh restoration in southeastern Iraq with the environmental history of the region.
Josh is a Board member of Poder Learning Center, which serves adult immigrants with a mission to provide the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, increase employment potential, and facilitate participation in the larger community.
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- Chicago Community Databook
In coordination with the 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods, during the summer of 2008, MPC collected, analyzed and mapped data for communities that stood to be the most affected if Chicago won the bid. Despite the International Olympic Committee's decision, MPC’s Community Databook remains a useful resource for these communities, which are ripe for redevelopment.
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Areas of expertise
- Sustainable water resources management
- Water supply planning and conservation
- Transit-oriented development
- Economic development
- Energy efficiency
- Climate change
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Chicago
M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
B.A., English Literature, College of William and Mary