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ABOUT JOSHJosh Thompson is running to serve as the next Mayor of New York City. He has spent his life as an educator, advocate, and public servant. Growing up, Josh’s mother worked three jobs and there were times Josh’s family went without water, electricity, and even food. Josh ended up without a home on the streets of Newark, New Jersey at the age of 15. He was found there by the Headmaster of St. Benedicts Prep, who saved his life by giving him a home, a community, and an education.
While in school, Josh began his professional career with the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York. After college, then-Mayor Cory Booker asked Josh to come back to Newark; Josh returned and worked with the community to reimagine the possibilities for Newarkers and their education system. Josh then served in Washington, DC, where he expanded high quality school choice for every child in the city. In 2012, Josh was appointed as Director of Education in Bridgeport, CT. He arrived to a $13 million education budget deficit and a dropout rate of nearly 50%. Josh eliminated the deficit without letting go of a single teacher or closing a single school. In fact, he opened nine schools and significantly cut the dropout rate in half.
Today, Josh serves as the Executive Director of New Leaders New York, an organization that serves half a million children across the country through the development of transformational school leaders and policies. He lives in New York with his wife Julia, who is an elementary school Dean, and their dog Cody.
David is the CEO and Founder of Run For America. David is also the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World which analyzes millennials—the largest generation in history—how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics.
David previously founded Generation18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization that registered over 25,000 new voters and held over 1,000 events in 35 states. The organization grew out of David’s first documentary film 18 in ’08. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on social innovation, millennials, and politics with appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post. As a writer, his work has appeared in Politico, Salon, Vanity Fair and Fast Company.
David is the Founding Co-Director of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week, which helps outstanding young social entrepreneurs grow their impact. He is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Disruptor Foundation Fellow, and serves on the advisory boards of Watson University, The Common Good, and CanLeads. He is a proud alumni of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Chief Media Advisor, Bush ’00 and ‘04
Co-Founder, No Labels
Founder, The Goodstone Group
ABC News Independent Commentator
Chief Strategist, Bush ‘04
Former Member of Congress (AZ-R)
Resident Scholar, AEI
Former Member of Congress (MI-D)
Finance Director, John Kerry ‘04