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Josh Gottheimer
Josh Gottheimer
Senior Counselor to Chairman Genachowski
Director, Public-Private Initiatives, FCC

Josh has served as Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, from July 2010 to the present. In this capacity, Josh serves as the Chairman's strategic adviser on his overall agenda and on a wide range of policy and legal issues including broadband, digital literacy and adoption, privacy, cyber security, jobs and small business, and education. He also has oversight over the legislative, communications, intergovernmental affairs, and public liaison functions of the agency.

Previously, Josh served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide at Burson-Marsteller, a global communications firm, where, as the number two executive worldwide, he helped lead the company’s business strategy, operations, and senior client relationships. Josh also directed the Issues and Crisis Group, Corporate, Public Affairs and Media practices, and led the firm's Key Client Relationship program, comprised of top clients from around the world.

Before joining Burson-Marsteller, Josh was Director of Strategic Communications at Ford Motor Company. His responsibilities included overseeing the company’s global corporate advertising, communication strategy and message development, and supervising the Washington, DC Public Affairs operation.

Between 1998 to 2001, Josh served as Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. Among others, he helped draft the State of the Union addresses in 1999 and 2000 and the 2000 Democratic Convention speech.

After leaving the White House, Josh was a Senior Advisor to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In the 2004 presidential race, Josh served as Deputy Director of Speechwriting and Senior Policy Advisor to the John Kerry for President Campaign.

Josh is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. He was also a Thouron Fellow at Oxford. Josh is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a course on the history of presidential speechwriting.

Prior to joining the FCC, Josh was a regular political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel. He was also a regular contributor to US News & World Report. He has published articles in the Washington Monthly, ABA Magazine, and was the editor of Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches (Basic Books, 2003), a collection of inspiring speeches from five social movements in American history. He recently published Power in Words: Barack Obama's Speeches from the State House to the White House (Beacon Press, 2011), a history and analysis of President Barack Obama's most important pre-presidential speeches.

Josh is a member of the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and the New York Economic Club. He founded Jobs for Jersey to help promote jobs in the state of New Jersey. Before returning to government, Josh served on the advisory boards for Hope for Vision and Leapfrog, the first micro-insurance provider for developing countries. Josh lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter; he is an avid runner and triathlete.

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