Josh Fryday

Josh Fryday is the President of the Golden State Opportunity Foundation.

Prior to this, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change, clean energy and political change.

Fryday also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy (‘09-‘13) as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). He served overseas in Yokosuka, Japan, where in addition to his legal duties, he augmented the Navy’s 7th Fleet’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief efforts during ‘Operation Tomodachi’ following the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.  He was also stationed in the Office of Military Commissions, working on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detainee cases, and testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the closing of Guantanamo.

Before serving in the Armed Services, Fryday worked as a political advisor and organizer on local, state and national campaigns, including the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections.

Josh received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California as well as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

He also received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors.  He later served on the UC Berkeley Alumni Board of Directors (06-09), where he co-founded the Equity Scholarship to increase diversity on the UC Berkeley Campus.

He is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a Term-Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Demos.

Josh is married to Mollye Fryday, an educator, and they have two energetic young boys, Shay and Calvin.



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