About the Host

Dr. Josh Franco, Host of Civic Entrepreneur

Josh has a passion for civic entrepreneurship and a growing legacy of leadership.

He is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cuyamaca College located in east San Diego county, California. As a first generation college graduate, introducing political science to the next generation of leaders and scholars is his mission.

Josh earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Public Policy from UC Merced. He also hold A.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from Cerritos College.

Prior to his time at Cuyamaca College, he served as Student Body President 3 times: in high school, community college, and at UC Merced.

In the San Joaquin Valley, Josh attended UC Merced and was the campus’ 1st Student Body President, Great Valley Center Institute for the Development of Emerging Area Leaders (IDEAL) Fellow, and Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation Scholar.

As an undergraduate student at UC Merced, he attended the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and the Merced County Association of Governments’ Citizens Advisory Committee meetings. Josh also worked as a Resident Assistant, Special Assistant to the Director of Governmental Relations, and for the non-profit Campaign for College Opportunity as their Organizer in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties.

Beyond the Valley, Josh served as a Student Trustee at Cerritos College located in Southeast Los Angeles County, Founding State Director for California Students for Barack Obama, Policy Analyst for Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi responsible for higher education, transportation and Central Valley related issues and, most recently, served as Senior Legislative Assistant and Policy Advisor to Congressman Garamendi.

As Senior Legislative Assistant, he was responsible for the Congressman’s House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure assignment in the 111th Congress and House Committee on Natural Resources assignment in the 112th Congress. Josh closely followed agriculture, appropriations, budget, education, environment, homeland security, immigration, labor, natural resources, trade and transportation related issues.

As Policy Advisor, Josh provided strategic advice on “Make It In America,” natural resources and water matters, attended meetings and conferences on behalf of the Congressman and articulated his policy and legislative perspectives to public, private and nonprofit stakeholders and local, state and federal government leaders.