Josh Jones is the Program Director at Partners in Careers, having started with PIC as an Employment Specialist in January of 2018. One of his favorite quotes is by JFK “all of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents” which is reflected in Josh’s passion to address the underlying causes of intergenerational poverty. Josh has worked in many of PIC’s programs, including both in high school and out of high school youth programming, homeless Veteran housing, and Roots to Road’s therapeutic workforce reintegration farming, among others.
Josh also works for Soul River Inc., a nonprofit in Portland that takes BIPOC youth and US Veterans on wilderness excursions centered around environmental education, racial equity in the outdoors, and cultural preservation in partnership with indigenous hosts. In addition, Josh is the Chairman for Washougal School District’s Career & Technical Education Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group, the Boys and Girls Club Taskforce for gang-affected youth, Pearson Field Education Center’s Steering Committee, Vancouver Public Schools’ Natural Resources Advisory Committee, and Leadership Clark County’s Engagement Committee.
Josh graduated from Leadership Clark County in 2022, and won the Historic Trust’s General Marshall Public Leadership Award in 2023. Outside of his career, Josh enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Ashlie, their son Rowan, and exploring, camping, hiking, and fishing in remote public lands throughout Oregon and Washington.