Joshua Brown, a middle school teacher from Des Moines Public Schools was elected vice president of the Iowa State Education Association in April 2018 and reelected in March 2021. Joshua first became active in leadership within ISEA as part of the student program while attending Simpson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and religion with minors in secondary education and philosophy. He continued his education at Morningside College where he earned his Master of Arts in teaching along with an endorsement in special education. Joshua was awarded the Des Moines Education Association Paul Mann Emerging Leader Award in 2009.
Joshua has served the association in many roles at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as the president of the Des Moines Education Association. At the state level, he served as the ISEA representative on the NEA Board of Directors from 2013-2018 and as the ISEA representative on the NEA Resolutions Committee from 2011-2013. At the national level, Joshua was elected by local leaders from across the nation to be the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) central director from 2012-2018. He also was elected by members of the NEA Board of Directors to serve on the NEA Strategic Plan and Budget Committee from 2014-2018.
In addition to serving the association, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, who is a science teacher at Baxter Community Schools and with his son.