Josh Baron 

Co-founder and Senior Advisor

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Josh Baron is a Co-founder and Senior Advisor at BanyanGlobal. Josh helps families to define their purpose as owners and to establish the structures, strategies, and skills they need to accomplish their goals. His interests are in how to position family businesses to last for the long term, how to manage the inevitable conflicts that come from being in business together, and how family ownership can create a competitive advantage.

Josh is the co-author of the Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook, along with many articles on family business topics published in Harvard Business Review, Trust & Estates magazine, and Family Business magazine, among others. He has been cited in Bloomberg News, Forbes, and The New York Times. Read an interview with Josh here.

Josh is also a Senior Lecturer in Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a part of the Strategy Unit, where he teaches the required strategy course, a class on Ownership and Competitive Advantage, and on family business topics in several executive education programs.

Before Banyan, Josh was at Bain & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies, and from there, he joined a small team of people to help build a new organization called The Bridgespan Group. When he is not working with his clients or students, Josh and his wife most enjoy spending time with their twins, who in their endearing ways provide endless opportunities for developing fresh insights into family dynamics.

Read Josh’s “Conversations with Diane” interview on A Personal Calling: Reflections on Family Philanthropy here.

Fun Facts:

  • Josh grew up in Denver and remains an avid fan of the Nuggets, watching nearly every game they play on TV.
  • Josh won the 2023 Banyan ping-pong tournament but has since been defeated by his 11-year-old son.


  • University of Pennsylvania (BS,BA)
  • University of Cambridge (Masters)
  • Columbia University (Ph.D.)