Josh Stull is the Congressional and Stakeholder Affairs Officer for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, assuming that position on June 26, 2016. He leads NIFA’s Congressional and legislative activities and works to educate Members of Congress and staff on NIFA’s mission to invest and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.
Joining NIFA from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Josh served as Acting Director of Congressional and Public Affairs from Nov. 2015 until April 2016 and then Team Lead of Congressional and Public Affairs Staff from May until June 2016. In both roles, he provided guidance and direction to staff on complex media and Congressional issues related to food safety and the inspection of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.
In June 2008, Josh began his Federal executive branch career as a Legislative Analyst at FSIS, answering Congressional inquiries, drafting food safety and Agency mission related testimony for the FSIS Administrator, and participating in the USDA Leadership Potential Program in 2009. In 2011, he served as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Fisheries Institute, working to educate Members of Congress and staff on America’s seafood industry. In August 2014, Josh returned to FSIS as a Legislative Analyst.
From 1999-2003, Josh served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Don Sherwood (PA) handling a multitude of issues, including agriculture, agriculture appropriations, the 2002 Farm Bill, foreign affairs, the environment, and trade. From 2005-2008, he worked for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (PA), serving as a Legislative Assistant handling several issues, including agriculture, agriculture appropriations, and the 2008 Farm Bill.
Josh earned a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics, with a minor in Economics, from the Pennsylvania State University.