Senior Vice President, Clean Energy Program
As the founder and leader of Third Way’s Clean Energy Program, Josh Freed promotes policies to use every tool possible to combat climate change—including scaled-up innovation, advanced nuclear, and carbon capture technologies in addition to the increased use of renewables and efficient storage.
Since 2009, he has overseen Third Way’s clean energy and climate advocacy efforts, serving as the organization’s chief strategist on these issues. He regularly advises senior federal and state policymakers, philanthropies, academics, and business leaders. Under his leadership, his team’s accomplishments include Third Way’s groundbreaking research on advanced nuclear technology—which transformed federal support for nuclear innovation—and building new alliances to defend federal support for clean energy research and development. Josh regularly writes and speaks on climate, clean energy, and innovation issues, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, National Journal, POLITICO, The Los Angeles Times and Wired.
Prior to joining Third Way, Josh worked at the intersection of politics, advocacy, and policy, and technology as a Vice President at GMMB, where he advised the senior leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also served as the Chief Policy Advisor for Representative Rob Andrews and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Diana DeGette. Josh earned his Master's from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Bachelor's degree from Brandeis University. When not at work, Josh spends time with his wife, two kids, and dog in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC.