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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Jan 7, 2019

Joshua Habursky is the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), whose mission is to promote an environment for local banks to flourish. Habursky, a national leader in grassroots advocacy, is also the founder and chairman of the Grassroots Professional Network (GPN), an educational professional development organization with over 27,000 members. 


  • Was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • Obtained his BA in Political Science at Washington and Jefferson College.
  • Received his MA from Georgetown University in American Government and Politics.
  • Received a graduate certificate from the London School of Economics in International Business and Political Economy, and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Harvard University.
  • While an undergraduate student, co-founded Founder’s Strategies, a political consulting firm making $300,000 in two cycles.
  • Hasrevious grassroots management experience with American Diabetes Association and American Motorcyclist Association, and Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University.

Independent Community Bankers of America is a federal advocacy organization for local banks. Habursky, as an Assistant Vice President of Advocacy, works on creative campaigning, discussing a few of those techniques with Jim. 

Habursky created the Grassroots Professional Network in 2015, while working at the American Motorcyclist Association, after recognizing a lack of free professional development opportunities for grassroots advocacates. Grassroots Professional Network hosts educational webinars, conferences, and working groups about new tools and techniques for effective advocacy.

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