Joseph Backholm has served as the Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) and FPIW Action since 2008. FPIW coordinates with 38 other state family policy councils who advocate for families. FPIW advocates on behalf of marriage, life, religious freedom, and parental rights. He also served as Chairman for Preserve Marriage Washington, a campaign to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman in Washington State. Joseph began his work on religious freedom issues in law school when he was awarded a Blackstone Fellowship by the Alliance Defending Freedom. After law school, he worked as a real estate attorney before taking a position as staff counsel in the Washington State Senate overseeing the committees on Transportation and Economic Development.
He is a frequent guest on state and national media outlets speaking on issues related to marriage, life, religious freedom, and parental rights.
Joseph attended the University of Washington where he majored
in Sociology. He then attended law school at the Seattle University School of Law. He and his wife Brook, whom he met at 9 years of age, live with their three daughters and one son in Snohomish, WA.
Joseph will be speaking to Forge Leadership Summit attendees about thoughtful cultural engagement on Saturday, July 30, 2016.