Josh Drake

Josh has 17 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 Agriculture and Nutrition advocacy teams, as well as additional projects for the Gates Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy Division. Since Josh’s first project for the Gates Foundation in 2013, he has worked on 15+ projects across multiple divisions and program strategy teams including on Agricultural Development, Development Policy and Finance, Philanthropic Partnerships, Family Planning, and Integrated Delivery. Josh has also led engagements for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Seattle Foundation focused respectively on cyber policy and economic opportunity.

Prior to management and social impact 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 also consulted for the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, IFAD, a consortium of Indian agribusinesses and banks, and the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project at Harvard. 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 from Middlebury College. 

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