Josh Lasky – USA
I’m excited to announce that I’m writing a book! Earlier this fall, I began working on a book with the working title Ten Lessons My Father Meant to Teach Me with the goal of publishing in December 2020. The book will explore my 11-year journey as a caregiver for my father who battled Parkinson’s disease for more than two decades. It is a story about gratitude, frustration, optimism, despair, and so many other emotions I navigated in becoming a parent to my parent. It is a story about the awkward, hilarious, and grotesque realities at the intersections of family, aging, disability and dying. If nothing else, I hope telling my story helps us all get a bit more comfortable talking about these somewhat sticky issues, which are so commonly experienced but so infrequently discussed.
Over the next few months, I'll be sharing key pieces of the journey with you—things I'm learning, conversations I'm having, writing milestones I'm achieving, all while sharing pieces and stories from the book. And I'd love your help! If you know of anyone who is living with Parkinsons or loves someone who is, please send me a message. Thanks in advance for all the support I’ll be relying on throughout this journey. Special thank you to Eric Koester, Haley Newlin & New Degree Press!
More about Josh - As Managing Director and Chief Strategist for LINK Strategic Partners, Josh guides teams and clients to advance sustainability and social impact. Recognized in the Inc. 5000 list and named "Large PR Firm of the Year" by the Public Relations Society of America (National Capital Chapter) and a "Best Place to Work" by the Washington Business Journal, LINK champions strategic communications and engagement initiatives across the country that empower individuals to have a voice in the future of their communities.
Prior to joining LINK, Josh worked to build strategic partnerships in various roles at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), most recently leading USGBC’s sponsorship team. Josh also managed the Green Apple partnership and the Community Green program, flagship initiatives of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.
Josh previously held a joint-faculty staff appointment at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he launched the university-wide sustainability initiative and served as UDC’s first instructor of Urban Sustainability. Josh also worked as a green building and sustainability consultant for the Cadmus Group and as a Presidential Administrative Fellow at The George Washington University (GW), where he served as the GW Office of Sustainability's first staff member.
Josh is a member of the board of directors of Climate Ride, a nonprofit established to change lives through sports and drive philanthropic impact for the sustainability movement. Since 2008, Climate Ride has granted more than $6 million to climate and active transportation groups around the country.
As an amateur endurance athlete, Josh has completed more than 6,000 miles of bicycle touring, including a 4,300-mile solo and self-supported trek from Washington, DC to Portland, OR. Josh has also completed ultramarathons at the 50-kilometer, 50-mile, and 100-mile distance.