Josh Protas is the Vice President of Public Policy 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 strengthen and improve the federal nutrition safety net, with particular emphasis on policy solutions to address the food security needs of overlooked populations. Josh has extensive experience working at both the local community 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 was recently appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. 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.