Josh Mandel, 41, recently completed two terms as Treasurer of the State of Ohio. In this capacity he oversaw the state's $22B+ investment portfolio, $11B+ debt portfolio, $232B+ domestic and international custody portfolio, and annual cash movements exceeding $66B.
Josh was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is also a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq.
As Treasurer of Ohio, Josh leveraged his understanding and embrace of technology to increase government transparency, bolster cyber-security and modernize Ohio's treasury management systems.
In 2014 Josh launched OhioCheckbook.com, a first-of-its-kind transparency website, posting online over $690 billion of state spending. As a result of his innovation in this area, Josh earned Ohio the #1 ranking in America for government transparency.
In 2018 Josh launched OhioCrypto.com, making Ohio the first state in the nation to enable taxpayers to pay taxes with cryptocurrency. This initiative was part of his broader drive to motivate policymakers and business leaders to embrace blockchain technology.
When Josh took office, Ohio's finances were ranked 43rd in the nation and the state faced an $8 billion budget hole. By the end of his first term, Ohio's financial ranking had improved to 7th in the nation and the state had more than a $1 billion surplus.
Along the way Josh was recognized with the Association of Government Accountants award for "Excellence in Financial Management," the American Society for Public Administration's award for "Integrity and Ethical Conduct in Public Service", and the State Financial Officers Foundation award for "Transparency in Government".
Josh's previous elected experience included two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was elected after knocking on 19,679 doors and wearing out three pairs of shoes. During his time in the state legislature, Josh served as the Ranking Member of the Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee.
In 2000 Josh enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps career spanned eight years and on both tours was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for "superior performance of his duties".
Josh holds a Bachelor Degree from The Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife Ilana reside in the Cleveland area with their children Rosie, Judah and Gideon.