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Joshua Rauch, Senior Consultant

Joshua Rauch

Joshua Rauch,
Senior Consultant

  • Education
    Master of Public Administration,
    University of Kansas
    Bachelor of Arts,
    Political Science, University of Dayton
  • Industry
    Tenure: 11 years
    Consulting: 5 years
    Local Government:
    6 years

In his career with The Novak Consulting Group, Josh has been involved in over 40 organizational assessments, including 11 organization-wide reviews where he evaluated multiple departments and functions.

While these assessments have spanned all major local government functions and departments, Josh has significant experience in human resources, community development, and police staffing reviews. Notable projects where Josh has applied these skills include human resources reviews for Lee’s Summit, Missouri; a community development review for Charlottesville, Virginia; and a police staffing analysis for Aurora, Colorado.

Josh also leverages his consulting expertise to explore unique questions and challenges faced by clients. For example, he worked with the City of Boulder, Colorado to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of contracting for custodial services, and to develop a financial model that calculated the estimated impact of living wage requirements on City employees and contractors. Josh has also been involved in several strategic planning projects as part of his work with TNCG.

Josh’s analytical expertise is bolstered by a local government career with roots in neighborhood services, as well as community and economic development. Prior to working for TNCG, Josh served as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator in the City of Springfield, Ohio. While there, he assisted with business retention and expansion activities, provided staff support for tax incentive negotiations and reporting, and helped develop the City’s marketing strategy. Before Springfield, he worked for the City of Mission, Kansas, where he managed the City’s property maintenance code enforcement program, neighborhood assistance programs, and information technology contracts.

While in local government, Josh worked on a wide variety of special projects, including sustainability inventories and planning, social media engagement, information technology adoption, and performance measurement. Many of these projects had strong linkages to community members and impacts on staff, and Josh relies on this experience to guide his work with local government clients.

Josh earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Ohio City/County Management Association.