Josh Cohen founded Polity Partners in 2017 as a consultancy to advance a sustainable and clean energy future. He has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience serving in the federal, state and local levels of government, including four years as Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland.
Before starting the firm, Josh was a Senior Executive Service (SES) appointee as Deputy Administrator of the USDA Rural Utilities Service, an infrastructure lending agency that financed $5 billion in energy, broadband and water and wastewater projects annually. Josh also served for 12 years as an “honest, straightforward and responsive” elected official (The Capital), and is widely recognized for staving off municipal bankruptcy after his election as Mayor of Annapolis during the Recession in 2009.
Areas of focus: clean energy, telecom, rural and urban development, organizational leadership
Cristina Bernardo Kullberg has almost a decade of experience in measurably increasing profitability and social impact across a variety of sectors. A social entrepreneur at heart, she is President and Co-Founder of Open Dreams, an educational nonprofit that helps high-achieving students from underprivileged regions in Cameroon, South Africa gain access to higher education, mentorship, and scholarships. Previously she served as an Obama Administration appointee at the USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service where she supported the growth of small businesses, renewable energy, and community economic development in the most impoverished areas in rural and tribal America.
Born into a large Cuban-American family, Cristina is near fluent in both Spanish and French. She earned a Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in International Business and Politics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Areas of focus: economic development, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship
Megan McConville has over a decade of experience launching and leading sustainable development initiatives within the government and nonprofit sectors. Her work has supported smart growth, economic revitalization, and disaster and climate resilience in both urban and rural communities across the country. Most recently, Megan served in senior roles within Rural Development and the Rural Housing Service at USDA where she oversaw efforts to develop a smart growth technical assistance program, provide healthy meals to children living in rural housing, and make data on agency investments publicly available for the first time. Previously, Megan worked at the National Association of Development Organizations and at EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities.
Megan earned a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Areas of focus: smart growth, economic revitalization, housing, rural development
Ian Pfeiffer has almost two decades of experience navigating Capitol Hill. For 12 years, Ian has been an independent federal government relations consultant helping municipalities, educational institutions, small businesses and community organizations have their voices heard in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Ian served as Legislative Director to Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) where he managed the Congressman’s legislative agenda for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Ian also served on the staff of then-Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO) and managed his appropriations requests.
For the past 8 years Ian has served as an elected member of the Annapolis, Maryland City Council. Ian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University at Sonoma and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Areas of focus: transportation, economic development, appropriations, urban affairs