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Frank Discussions

At the intersection of business and education, Frank Discussions is a series of brief executive interviews with the leaders defining innovation and industry today and tomorrow. Hosted by Frank Hodge, the Orin & Janet Smith Endowed Dean at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, Frank Discussions looks beyond the business decisions making headlines to shed light on how and why great leaders do what they do.

Josh Rodriguez

Private Wealth Management, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

headshot of Josh Rodriguez, smiling and looking into the cameraJoshua Rodriguez is a West Point graduate, a Foster MBA, and leads an investment management team based out of Seattle for Goldman Sachs. He’s very active in the veteran/active military community and has a passion for helping folks who understand that “no one gets anywhere on their own.” He regularly speaks at the local and national level on Ethics and Resilience to audiences that have included the National Conference on Ethics in America, The United States Military Academy, Global Business Forum, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the University of Washington Husky Football Team’s Leadership Council, and the Dallas Cowboys. He currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Opera, Seattle Opera Foundation, and the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Josh spent 8 years as a reconnaissance officer in the U.S. Army starting out as an infantry reconnaissance platoon leader in Eastern Afghanistan in 2008-2009. He deployed a second time in 2012-2013 and his last role was as a Cavalry Troop Commander leading 100+ Scouts before transitioning off active duty and into the Reserve where he continues to serve. While on active duty, Josh was awarded 3x Bronze Stars, 1 of which was for valorous actions in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Eastern Afghanistan defending against a numerically superior force of 80+ Taliban with 9 US Soldiers. As a Reservist, Major Rodriguez is an instructor at the University of Washington’s ROTC Program.

Since transitioning, Josh has translated his career in the Army to excel in finance providing financial planning advice, education, and investment management expertise to ultra-high net worth family groups, foundations, and endowments.

Josh married his high school sweetheart who works as the Senior Communications Manager at Icertis. They live east of Seattle and have three daughters.

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