Vice President for the Clean Energy Program
Scranton, Pennsylvania—once known as “The Electric City"—was an early adopter of electricity, and the first city in the nation with an electrified streetcar system. So it's fitting that Josh Freed, Third Way's Clean Energy Vice President, first met Third Way co-founder Jim Kessler there way back in 2000. Today, Josh and his team are hard at work developing ways the federal government can help accelerate the private sector's adoption of clean energy and address climate change.
After years of alternating between work with technology companies and in politics, Josh sought an opportunity that married both passions. He believes that the only way for the nation to solve complex issues, particularly one like climate change, is to ignore ideology and adopt ideas across the political spectrum. Under Josh's direction, Third Way's Clean Energy Program has helped lead efforts to find pragmatic, post-partisan solutions to the energy challenges in the United States and expand American innovation, particularly in nuclear energy and cleaner fossil fuels. He regularly advises senior federal and state policymakers, and his work has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, National Journal, POLITICO, The Los Angeles Times and Wired.
Prior to joining Third Way, Josh served for more than a decade as a strategist for public advocacy corporate, and political campaigns and was a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Josh was Vice President at GMMB, a social marketing and advocacy firm, where he advised the senior leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, Josh ran the Washington, D.C. office and served as the chief policy advisor for Representative Rob Andrews, and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Diana DeGette, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Josh is the third generation in his family to work in D.C.—in fact, his grandmother's office during the Roosevelt administration (Franklin, not Theodore) was across the street from Third Way's current office. Josh earned his Master's from the University of Maryland-College Park and his Bachelor's from Brandeis University. When he's not working to transition the country to clean energy, he's happiest being in a foreign city with his son, daughter, and wife—or at a dank basement punk show.
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