Impact Makers is pleased to welcome a new member to our Board of Directors: Josh Dare of The Hodges Partnership.
For more than 30 years, Josh has crafted communications programs for a broad cross-section of organizations and companies. He has served on the front lines of national civic debate, developed impactful crisis communications strategies, forged enduring media relationships, and introduced new technologies into the public consciousness.
Josh has directed public relations programs for Fortune 500 corporations, served as a spokesman for high-profile federal agencies, and managed communications for high-tech startups. He has produced a prolific and diverse array of published and spoken work – from speeches and congressional testimony, to commentary and news articles, from marketing copy to video scripts.
Josh spent the first third of his career in the federal government in Washington, D.C. He served in the public affairs office of both the FBI and National Endowment for the Arts where he handled media relations, speech writing and other communications duties. He also served on Capitol Hill as a congressional press secretary to the, at the time, youngest woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the private sector, Josh served as Director of Corporate Communications for Sallie Mae, one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and held a similar position with Circuit City Stores, Inc., one of America’s leading retailers. He also directed communications for DIVX, a new technology company backed by Circuit City. Josh subsequently joined two former DIVX colleagues in founding a Boston-based Internet startup where he became the company’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He subsequently served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for The Martin Agency, one of the nation’s premier advertising agencies.
Josh is active in the Richmond community. He has served for 10 years on the board of Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), including two terms as board chair. A graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, he serves on the marketing committees for the World Pediatric Project and the Virginia Biotech Research Park. He also is the chairing a first-ever fundraising campaign on behalf of the Community Idea Stations called The Big Idea Challenge.
Josh is a 1979 graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He has written two full-length screenplays and several teleplays. (His 1992 SEINFELD script placed third in a national competition sponsored by Warner Bros. Television.) A member of Trinity United Methodist Church, he and his wife Rose have two children and reside in Short Pump, Virginia.