Joshua Caulfield, I.O.M., serves as AMSA’s and the AMSA Foundation’s executive director. Caulfield graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a double major in marketing and economics and was active in many campus organizations, as well as in student government. He later went on to get his M.B.A. at American University in Washington, D.C., where he again organized a number of students and was a co-founder of two graduate student organizations.
It was during his M.B.A. experience that Caulfield discovered that service was his passion in life. He went into the non-profit management field first at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute where he led marketing efforts for the third largest trade show in the United States, as well as launched a for-profit “dot-com” subsidiary which received over $7 million in start-up funding and was a successful trade center for multiple years. Following that he was with several other associations, including the National Apartment Association, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, the International Game Developers Association, and the American Institute of Architecture Students. In each of these organizations he explored his passion to serve the membership, and for several of them he led the organization as their chief staff officer. Caulfield has extensive experience in nonprofit management and working with organizations in need of financial turnarounds specifically. He is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities of students and emerging professionals, and in building value for them in various organizations.
Caulfield has also been in the for-profit arena as a store manager for Circuit City Stores Inc. in their Express Division, as director of marketing for a technology firm named Techriver, and as a consultant in his own company Caulfield, Ricks and Associates. Concurrent with his work life he taught collegiate level courses in marketing at Northern Virginia Community College as an adjunct faculty member.
When not working, Caulfield spends time with his family, his wife Cheryl and their dachshund Lola. He regularly writes and presents at various organizations on topics ranging from technology applications to generational issues, and is an active volunteer in his own community.