Josiah believes in the power of teamwork, a belief he credits to his time learning to play the trumpet in middle‐​school band class. While he practiced many things solo — maintaining proper breath control, positioning his fingers correctly, and running through his scales — it was the collective power of his fellow bandmates that made him a better musician. Whether fellow trumpet players or drum majors, Josiah thoughtfully considered all their feedback and collaborated with them to achieve just the right sound.

Josiah brings this appreciation for teamwork to PSC, where he is a research associate for Catamaran, a statewide special education compliance and improvement system for the Michigan Department of Education. Josiah provides various types of support to colleagues, including scheduling and managing meetings, coordinating projects, and reviewing data. He performs all these responsibilities with a collaborative mindset, working with his team to ensure high‐​quality final products.

Prior to joining PSC, Josiah worked as a student coordinator for Michigan State University Extension’s 4‑H Capitol Experience. He also worked as an interim department manager for McDonald’s, where he performed various tasks, including creating employee schedules, developing and balancing sales budgets, and designing training programs.

Email: jbear@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Political Science, a BA in Music, and an MPP, all from Michigan State University

With PSC since: April 2020

PSC superpower: Confronting complicated situations with creative solutions

Favorite part of working at PSC: Transforming complex problems into manageable tasks

Why Michigan? Continuing the family tradition of being a Spartan