Josh Powell

Executive Director, General Operations at The National Rifle Association of America

Josh Powell

Josh Powell

Executive Director, General Operations at The National Rifle Association of America

Biography

Josh Powell serves as chief of staff and executive director of General Operations for the National Rifle Association of America. After serving on the NRA Board of Directors for approximately three years, Wayne LaPierre tapped him to serve as the NRA’s chief of staff in May 2016, and then appointed him as the head of General Operations in January 2017.

Josh began his professional career on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade as a teenager attending Northwestern University. He started work as a floor clerk and rapidly rose to be a floor trader when he was 21. Seeking new challenges after 15 years of establishing his own trading firm and working in the derivatives trading space, Josh moved to his home state of Michigan where he embarked on a consulting career for private equity firms and launched a number of startups.

Witnessing Chicago’s steady downward spiral and rising violent crime rate also sparked Josh’s foray into grassroots politics. A steadfast supporter of concealed carry, he grew increasingly frustrated at the glacial pace of bureaucracy and the reluctance of many to reach out to potential non-traditional allies and pass Right-to-Carry legislation in Illinois. So, while others wrote off inner-city legislators, Josh sensed a hidden opportunity with some. Joined by his wife and a friend, the trio established a PAC and personally visited churches all over Chicago’s South Side and preached the merits of concealed carry. To the surprise of many political veterans, they were able to sway a few votes toward successful final passage of Illinois Carry laws.

Josh’s interest in the shooting sports and hunting was piqued when he observed duck hunting from a distance as a 12 year old. He talked his mother into buying him a Remington 870 shotgun and she helped him practice shooting clay targets with it, and the Powell family soon taught themselves to hunt ducks from their boat. While building his skills and indulging his passion as a teen marksman, Powell also developed into an accomplished skier. He moved to Vermont to attend the Killington Mountain School, a preparatory school noted for producing a number of Olympic medalists and national ski champions. Powell then turned his focus back to the shooting sports. Today, he competes in shooting matches worldwide. He is an avid duck hunter and proud member of the International Order of St. Hubertus.

Josh is grateful for the opportunity to serve NRA members and to help in the fight for a freedom that has so deeply enriched his life. Like his mentor and boss, he believes that we can only win this fight if every gun owner and hunter in our country bands together and we all fight as one.

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The National Rifle Association of America

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Skiing, Hunting, Shooting

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Professional at Rathner and Associates

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Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action at The National Rifle Association of America

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Attorney at Porter, Porter & Hassinger PC

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Chief Executive Officer at Brownells, Inc.

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Director of Master of Science in Accountancy Program at Adrian College

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Director at The National Rifle Association of America

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Director at The National Rifle Association of America

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Director at The National Rifle Association of America

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Former Representative from the 110th District at Georgia House of Representatives

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Founder at Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, Inc.

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Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

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Executive Director, General Operations
2016 - Current

The National Rifle Association of America provides rifle education and training programs. It also publishes magazines such as America's 1st freedom, American hunter, and women's outlook. The company was founded by William C. Church and George Wingate in 1871 and is headquartered in Fairfax, VA.

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Chicago Board of Trade provides trade derivative facilities. It allows speculators throughout the world to interpret economic data, news, and other information. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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