Josh McClintock is a Managing Partner at EMBLEM Strategies, LLC, bringing to the firm over two decades of government, business and non-profit expertise. He also serves as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Ground Water Association, where he manages the day-to-day operations of the association, and advocates on behalf of Oklahoma’s groundwater industry with Congress and the Oklahoma Legislature. In addition to his duties with EMBLEM Strategies and the Oklahoma Ground Water Association, Josh also serves as a Partner in RedAnt, LLC.
Josh previously held the position of Director of External Affairs for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, where he was the primary point of contact with the Oklahoma Legislature, Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation, and municipalities across the state. He also coordinated numerous community and industry outreach efforts of the OWRB and represented the agency on national and statewide water policy organizations.
Before returning home to Oklahoma, Josh worked as the Legislative Director in the Washington, DC office of Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, where he was responsible for the coordination and management of the congressman’s policy initiatives for Oklahoma. Prior to serving on Congressman Watts’s legislative staff in Washington, Josh worked as a field representative on the congressman's campaign and as a caseworker in his Norman, Oklahoma congressional office. Upon Watts’s retirement from Congress, Josh took a position as Director of Government Relations at Capitol Decisions, a member firm in Washington, DC’s largest independent government affairs group. During his tenure in Washington, Josh was instrumental in securing authorization and funding for a broad range of projects including tornado recovery efforts in Moore, the National Weather Center in Norman, the Interstate 40 Crosstown in Oklahoma City, the Reed Center in Midwest City, as well as community infrastructure improvements in Altus, Durant, Lawton, Woodward, Norman, and other communities throughout Oklahoma.
Actively involved in his local community, Josh was appointed by Edmond Mayor Dan O’Neil to serve on the Edmond Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Advisory Board, making recommendations to the City Council on local capital improvement projects. Josh is also serving as the CIP Board representative on the EdmondShift Advisory Committee, working with city staff and a team of consultants to make recommendations on improvements to Edmond's Long-Range Mobility Plan. He previously served on the Edmond Public Works Committee as an appointee of then-Mayor Charles Lamb. Josh also volunteers his time for a number of educational and philanthropic causes in the community. A graduate of Leadership Edmond’s Class XXXI, Josh has also served on the Leadership Edmond Alumni Committee.
Josh currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Messages Project, as well as the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center’s State Advisory Board. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma's Class XXXI, Josh serves on LOK's Development Committee. He is also serving as the Chair of the South Central Regional Policy Committee and as State Liaison Representative on the Government Affairs Committee for the National Ground Water Association. His previous service includes the Western Oklahoma State College Foundation Board of Trustees and the Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities Advisory Board, as well as the Boards of Directors for the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Interstate Council on Water Policy, and the Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association.
A native of Altus, Oklahoma, Josh is a graduate of Western Oklahoma State College in Altus and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He was selected for The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 Class of 2015. He and his wife, Sara, currently reside in Edmond with their two teenage daughters.