Joseph Backholm, Executive Director

Joseph Backholm has served as the director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington since December 2007.  Prior to joining FPIW, he worked as staff counsel in the Washington State Senate where he learned just why so many people want to work for the government.  His job is to train leaders to be more effective public policy advocates, promote marriage, life, religious freedom, and parental rights in the state legislature, and help the public hold elected officials accountable for decisions they make. When he is not community organizing, Joseph enjoys playing recreational sports, watching football, having dance parties with his kids in the living room, and day-dreaming about places where its sunny 300 days a year.  Joseph received his Bachelors from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, Joseph and his wife Brook (also born and raised in Aberdeen) live with their three daughters and one son in Brier, Wa.