Josh Christianson is a passionate advocate for workplace diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). Josh has a 20+ year track record leading successful public programs by building partnerships, momentum and teams to support big goals.
Josh is the Inclusion and Accessibility Practice Lead at Wheelhouse Group where he directs contracts to support key federal DEIA goals.
In this capacity, he serves as the Project Director for the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA), after several successful years of directing our work at the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). In both roles he has worked to increase the employment of people with disabilities. He does this by bringing together stakeholders including CEOs, advocates, tech developers, government leaders and academia (among others) to build the workplace of the future. This work is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
Prior to his role at Wheelhouse Group, Josh worked at Deloitte Consulting, leading change management, technology and human capital initiatives at multiple federal agencies. Josh was a lead author of the report “Opening the Federal Talent Economy.”
Josh also served as a Career Program Manager for The Posse Foundation, a college access program focused on equity and inclusion. The Posse Foundation continues to hire Josh to help design and facilitate their national discussions regarding issues of equity in the United States.
Josh also was a youth development worker and advocate in his Washington, D.C. neighborhood. He designed resolution models, meditated conflicts, and provided strategic advice to schools and community-based organizations regarding solution focused partnerships.
Josh is an advisory board member of WorkingNation where he helps raise the voices of DEIA thought leaders to build a more robust economy. He graduated cum laude with a BA in sociology from University of Colorado, Boulder. He graduated magna cum laude with a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. His MS comes in handy living in harmony with his wife, 3 kids, 1 dog and 1 visiting cat in Washington, D.C.
What I love about Inclusion and Accessibility
I love being able to provide free resources and support to leaders in search of inclusive talent solutions. This means I get to help contribute to our country’s economic recovery while building the inclusive workplace of the future.
What I love about our team
Our team is fast, flexible and adaptive. We are always listening to the evolving needs of our clients to effectively co-design the right strategy or system to address their needs.