Josh Louwerse moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 2007 after growing up in Iowa. Josh and his partner Jessica have 2 children who are elementary school age. Josh is a recipient of the Substantial Service to Victims Award by Victims for Justice and the Community Champion Award by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and serves as the Chair of the Alaska Children’s Justice Act Task Force. Josh is the Director of Statewide Initiatives at Covenant House Alaska (CHA). Josh began his work at CHA as a Street Outreach worker, has been with the organization for more than 10 years, and has supported youth at risk of experiencing homelessness and trafficking for more than 15 years. In his time at CHA, he has managed several programs including Street Outreach, Drop-In Center, Emergency Shelter, Youth Engagement Center, Education, Employment, Trafficking Prevention and Intervention and Pastoral Services. As the Director of Statewide Initiatives Josh is now leading CHA’s effort to strengthen systemic prevention of and response to youth experiencing homelessness and trafficking statewide. Josh is a trainer of the Girls Education and Mentoring Services Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Training and has trained service providers, law enforcement, educators, and community members to identify and serve CSEC survivors across the state of Alaska. Josh has a Master’s in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University and received his bachelor’s in theology from Dordt University.