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Originally from northeastern Wisconsin, Josh comes to Comfort Food Community after living throughout the United States. While not a native New Yorker, he has enjoyed living in upstate for the last few years and continuing to work in environmental and community education. Prior to joining the CFC team, Josh has worked in a variety of roles and organizations: youth education and empowerment for a non-profit in the Capital Region, education and outreach for a land trust in Washington state, and held a legislative fellowship in the US House of Representatives. Additionally, Josh served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone as an education volunteer during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. 

His road to CFC has certainly not been a straight line. After earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and theology from Loyola University Chicago, he attended the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University to pursue a master’s degree focusing on international and environmental issues. Fascinated by agriculture, communities, and their stories, he is also pursuing a doctorate in environmental studies that focuses on food systems and community perceptions. 

Interested in my many things—traveling, gardening, jam-making, and trying new foods—, Josh hopes to continue to work in the intersections of community health and agriculture and is excited to be a member of the CFC team and working within Washington County.