Josh Ackil

Josh has the unique experience of working in the White House and for the Leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. This extensive government experience combined with over a decade of representing innovative and disruptive companies distinguish Josh as one of the leading advocates of technology and innovation in Washington. Josh has continually been recognized by The Hill as one of the top lobbyists for the high-tech industry.

Josh co-founded Franklin Square Group after seeing the need for innovators to have a stronger voice in Washington. He helped build a firm that incorporates a startup culture and mentality, looking forward while addressing policy issues and managing the disruption often caused by innovative startups and multinational technology companies.

Josh began his advocacy work as Vice President of Government Relations for the Information Technology Industry Council, a group that represents 40 of the biggest tech companies in the world. As ITI’s lead Democratic lobbyist, he developed and directed strategic initiatives that delivered results on taxes, intellectual property, high-skilled immigration, global competitiveness and more.

Before entering the private sector, Josh served in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant to the President and Staff Director of Office of Legislative Affairs, the President’s lobbying team. On Capitol Hill, he served as the chief liaison between Democratic Senators and the high-tech sector, and as advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on technology issues. He began his career in Washington as an aide in the leadership office of House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.