Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership
Joshua’s lifelong passion for social justice is deeply rooted in his commitment to combating hate and fostering inclusivity. Over the past two decades, he has dedicated his time, efforts & financial support to a range of non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives. His journey in philanthropy and community service seamlessly intersects with his professional career in technology, enriching his approach to social change. Below are some selected highlights of his impactful endeavors in this space:
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Joshua’s involvement with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), spanning nearly 20 years, stands at the core of his commitment to fighting antisemitism and hate in all forms. The ADL, a leading anti-hate organization, has been at the forefront of combating antisemitism, prejudice, and bigotry since 1913. His journey with ADL began with participation in the Glass Leadership Institute, an influential program that grooms the next generation of ADL leaders.
As a part of the ADL, Joshua has actively contributed to the “No Place for Hate” initiative, a transformative program designed to create inclusive and respectful school environments. His role evolved over the years, leading to positions on the Regional Advisory Board in the Pacific Northwest, and, more recently, the National Commission. These roles have enabled Joshua to influence policies and initiatives, including the ADL’s new national strategy to counter anti-semitism, amplifying his impact in the fight against hate.
Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
Joshua’s role on the finance committee for the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle intertwines his professional expertise with his commitment to education and community service. He is actively involved in the construction of the new campus & school operations through his advisory board role. This school is not just an educational institution; it’s a hub for nurturing young, progressive minds in an inclusive environment. With a mission to empower children to grow into capable, wise, and compassionate upstanders, the school integrates an innovative academic program with Jewish education and traditions.
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Camp Kalsman
Serving on the advisory board for URJ Camp Kalsman, Joshua has had the opportunity to contribute to an organization that plays a crucial role in shaping young minds. Camp Kalsman, part of the Union for Reform Judaism, is committed to providing a nurturing environment for youth, fostering a strong sense of Jewish identity, and instilling values of community and leadership. This camp is more than just a summer retreat; it’s a place where children and teenagers learn about social justice, environmental stewardship, and the importance of community engagement.
The Intersection of Technology and Social Responsibility
In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, particularly with the rise of generative AI, Joshua’s work in non-profits has become more significant than ever. The potential for technological bias and misuse of AI is a growing concern. Drawing from historical examples, he advocates for responsible innovation in tech companies and work alongside advocacy groups to address these challenges. Joshua believes that technology should be a force for good, enhancing our efforts to create a just and inclusive society.
As we move forward, Joshua’s goal is to continue leveraging his experience in technology and his passion for social justice to make a tangible difference in the world. By working with organizations like the ADL, URJ Camp Kalsman, and the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, he aims to combat hate, promote inclusivity, and ensure that advancements in technology like generative AI contribute positively to society.
Together, Joshua believes we can create a world that is more just, tolerant, and understanding, where technology serves as a tool for good, empowering us to overcome the challenges of our time.