Josh Newman is founder and Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a non-profit organization founded in November 2012 (and filed with the California Secretary of State in March 2013) to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles region in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment upon completion of their military service and return or relocation to Southern California. At the core of Af2wf’s approach is the fundamental belief that no single group has as much to offer to employers as young veterans, and that the effective delivery of early post-transition career counseling and support will yield substantial dividends for not only veterans themselves, but also the communities to which they are returning.
Josh is a veteran himself, having served as an officer in the United States Army following graduation from Yale University and commissioning through the US Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His active duty assignments included service in South Korea with a nuclear weapons detachment and conventional artillery units in the 25th Infantry Division. His own post-service experience includes work in local government, marketing and public relations, film and video production and mobile and Internet media technology.
Josh is a current member of the Steering Committee for the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC), for which he also serves as Chair of its Employment Working Group. Josh also currently serves as the 1st Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus, as well as the Chair of its Legislative Committee.