Joshua has lived in Seattle for the last two decades, after moving here in 1999 to attend the University of Washington. To pay his way through college, Joshua worked as a lifeguard at the Bellevue Aquatic Center and the IMA; was an engineering Research Assistant; and a beer and pretzel vendor at then-Safeco field. He was on the Huskies NCAA Men’s Swim team, volunteered with WashPIRG, and was active in UW’s ASUW Student Senate and Hillel UW. He graduated in August 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
Shortly after college, he worked at the Early Childhood School at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (the J) in Mercer Island and hustled delivering pizzas for Zeek’s in the evening (Veggie Thai!). He had the great opportunity to consult for Outdoor Research and Cascade Designs, Inc on quality control and process improvement projects. It was at the J where he met his wife, Emily.
In 2006, Joshua joined The Boeing Co. as an Industrial Engineer in the early days of the 787 Program. He’s worked with international suppliers, mechanics, and executives in Product Development, Test, and Final Assembly. In addition to his involvement as an Area Rep with his local SPEEA Union (IFPTE Local 2001), he mentors Boeing interns, leads process improvement workshops, and crunches data.
In addition to coaching baseball at North Seattle Baseball and serving on the board of his synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, Joshua was also the former President and board member of the Maple Leaf Community Council, where he led the Council a partnership with a private foundation to transform and update the previous reservoir area into the current Maple Leaf park’s playground . He is a former President and board member of Seattle Subway, the preeminent pro-rail transit advocacy group. He’s a founding member and former Chair of Maple Leaf Greenways, a collective of neighbors who work to make their neighborhoods safer and expand low cost transportation alternatives.
Joshua lives in the Ravenna neighborhood of District 4 with his wife, Emily, their four kids, and two cats.