Josh Drake

Josh has 15 years combined experience in global development strategy, implementation, policy, and advocacy. 

Currently, Josh provides long-term strategy support to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development Policy and Advocacy team as part of Global Health Visions’ agriculture team. Before GHV, Josh worked at social impact consultancy Camber Collective for 5-years, leading engagements with organizations in the public, social, and private sectors focusing on their major strategy, investment, and execution decisions. During that time, Josh led multiple engagements for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation including with its Ag Advocacy, Agricultural Development, Global Policy and Advocacy, Africa, Development Policy and Finance, Philanthropic Partnerships, Family Planning, and Integrated Delivery Teams. He has also led U.S. and more locally focused engagements for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Seattle Foundation.

Prior to strategy and management consulting, Josh worked on agency strategy, governance, and partnerships at global relief and development NGO Mercy Corps. Josh started his career as an American diplomat working for the U.S. Department of State in Uganda, Sudan, and Washington D.C. He has completed independent consultancies with the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, IFAD, a consortium of Indian agribusinesses/banks, and the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project. Josh earned an M.A. in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where he was a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; and holds a B.A. in political science and geography from Middlebury College. 

He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lindsey, their two kids, Ethan and Elle, and the family dog, Piper.