Joshua J. Rael was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and is a fifth generation Coloradan with strong family ties to Southern Colorado and currently resides in Denver. Josh received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado State University-Pueblo, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management at the University of Colorado-Denver.
After law school, Josh became a lobbyist and worked with the Capitol Success Group and Nolbert Chavez and Associates for almost 8 years. As a lobbyist, Josh specialized in the appropriations process and human services issues related to nonprofits and statewide membership organizations. In 2011, Josh was selected to attend President Obama’s White House Hispanic Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. And in 2007, Colorado's Former Governor Bill Ritter appointed Josh to the Colorado Creative Industry Board (formally the Council of the Arts) for two terms.
While in law school, Josh served two years as an elected officer of the Latino Law Student Association and helped win, organize, and successfully host the 2005 National Latino Law Student Conference in Denver. While in school, Josh also worked for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, the Colorado Mental Health Institute’s legal access department, the Colorado General Assembly, the Walt Disney Company, Koncilja and Koncilja Law Firm and the Ritter for Governor Campaign. Over the past few years, Josh has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Denver, Colorado State University- Pueblo and the University of Nevada.
In his most recent role, Josh is honored and excited to accept the position of Executive Director at Alliance Colorado. Josh is looking forward to the opportunity to lead this outstanding membership organization and continue his advocacy work for the most vulnerable populations while strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Josh is also a successful national recording artist. One of Josh’s crowning achievements was landing a spot on the 2004 Grammy Nomination Ballot in the “Best Pop Album” and “Best Male Pop Performance” categories. Josh’s song “Time” was featured on the “Viva Fiesta San Antonio” compilation CD. Josh also appeared on the Food Network in 2009, on the “Blind Date Cakes” Food Network Challenge. From 2007-2012, Josh owned and operated a Colorado talent management company representing musicians, actors, and models and managed a professional dance team that was featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.
After years of training, hundreds of live performances, and many grueling auditions, Josh’s career took off with the singing of the National Anthem. Josh has had the honor to sing the National Anthem for many public figures such as President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Wayne Newton, the late Selena, Mario Lopez, and governors, senators, and representatives from around the country. The National Anthem also gave Josh the opportunity to sing at dozens of professional sporting events and venues such as, Mile High Stadium, the Pepsi Center, and Coors Field.