Josh grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, but spent his summers exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. He fell in love with the mountains when he moved to Boulder to CU. After graduating, he taught environmental and outdoor education in a variety of locations from Alaska to North Carolina. Upon earning a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University in New England, he headed back to Colorado where he has been working to build support for the protection of public lands.