Director of Government Affairs
Josh Protas is the Director of Government Affairs and heads the Washington, D.C. office for MAZON. In this role, which he assumed in 2012, Josh coordinates and implements MAZON's advocacy agenda, including efforts to protect and strengthen the federal nutrition safety net, with particular emphasis on the food security needs for seniors, veterans, and military families. Josh has extensive experience working at Jewish communal agencies at both the local and national level including as Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and as Vice President and Washington Director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Coalition on Human Needs and currently participates as part of the Vote Advisory Council for Food Policy Action. Josh earned his M.A. in Western American History and Public History from Arizona State University and his B.A. in American Studies and French Literature from Wesleyan University.
Articles by Josh Protas
Among the myths about hunger in America frequently repeated is the notion that it is better for local charities to feed people, not the government.
As Congress begins its post summer work, the debate and consideration of the reauthorization of our nation's child nutrition programs has also begun. Not surprisingly, their process seems both confusing and a bit secretive.
We have big news! MAZON been called to testify before Congress as an expert witness on the too-often ignored topic of hunger among military and veteran families.
I recently reconnected with an old friend. We had a great time catching up, but I also think he took pity on me after I explained what my job doing government relations involves on a day-to-day basis.
The surprising results of the 2016 election cycle have sent shock waves through the political world, leading advocates and interest groups scrambling to comprehend and plan for the new reality ahead. The implications for federal anti-hunger policies are chilling, with evidence of a more difficult political environment already playing out in the recently concluded Lame Duck session of Congress.