Josh Baron

Josh Baron


Dr. Josh Baron is a co-founder and Partner at BanyanGlobal. For the last decade, he has worked closely with families who own assets together, such as operating companies, family foundations, and family offices. He helps these families to define their purpose as owners and to establish the structures, strategies, and skills they need to accomplish their goals. Josh is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches an MBA course called Managing Conflict in Family Business and teaches in the Enterprising Families Executive Education Program.

During his career, Josh has worked with clients in North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. He began his career at Bain & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies. In 2000, he joined a small team of people to help build a new organization called The Bridgespan Group, which has become America’s leading consulting firm for foundations and non-profit organizations. He moved on to found his own firm advising family philanthropists before joining BanyanGlobal.

Josh publishes and speaks frequently on subjects concerning family enterprises. He has a particular interest in how ownership creates a competitive advantage, how families can escape major conflicts, and how philanthropy can help families achieve their broader goals. He has written more than 20 digital articles about family businesses for Harvard Business Review, often with Banyan Partner and CEO, Rob Lachenauer. Josh has also written for The Huffington Post, Trust & Estates Magazine, and Family Business Magazine, among others. He is the author of a book about international relations titled Great Power Peace and American Primacy: The Origins and Future of a New International Order.

A graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, Josh received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Relations with Honors. He also holds a Masters with Distinction in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

When he is not working with clients, 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 a conversation with Josh on Family Philanthropy.