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Joshua Black
Josh Black is the Director for Multilateral Affairs at the White House, serving on the President's National Security Council (NSC) staff.  In this position, Josh is responsible for issues related to the United Nations, including the U.N. Security Council and U.N. General Assembly, U.N. peacekeeping missions, and U.N. management and reform.  He also covers at the NSC important human rights themes, including the deplorable human rights situation in North Korea and efforts to protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons.  

Before coming to the White House, Josh was for many years the chief of the Sanctions and Counterterrorism Team at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he supervised a team responsible for U.N. Security Council-imposed measures on Iran, North Korea, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and other global hotspots.  Josh's team spearheaded the U.S. Mission's response to the growing terrorist threat posed by ISIS and foreign terrorist fighters.  In 2015, he was a member of the U.S. team that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal in Switzerland and Austria, where he was responsible for aspects of the deal related to U.N. sanctions.

Earlier in his career, Josh spent many years working at the U.S. Department of State on issues related to the former Yugoslavia.  From 2005 to 2008, he was the State Department's Coordinator for the Kosovo Future Status negotiations and was in the room when Kosovo declared its independence in Febraury 2008.  Prior to that, Josh was the Department's Kosovo Desk Officer, worked in the office responsible for NATO operations in the Balkans, and served twice at the U.S. Office in Pristina, Kosovo, shortly after the war in the Kosovo.  Josh joined Federal Government in 2000 as a Presidential Management Fellow, during which he also performed an extended rotation in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Prior to government service, Josh interned at the Washington Office on Latin America (a human rights organization), the New York office of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the Cyprus Desk of the State Department.  He has a Bachelors in Spanish and Political Science from Ohio State University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  Josh is originally from Toledo, Ohio.