In 2005, when he was Campus Rabbi at Northwestern University Hillel, Josh founded Ask Big Questions along with students Allie Gross and Lexie Komisar. In 2011, Ask Big Questions became a national initiative of Hillel, and Josh became its Educational Director, working with Sheila Katz to launch and scale the program. Since that time, he has guided the development of our educational theory, approach to training, educational resources, and overall strategy. A leading thinker and writer in both the Jewish and higher education communities, Josh holds a PhD from Northwestern in Religious Studies, as well as ordination from YCT Rabbinical School, and a BA from Yale University in music (he played the tuba and conducted an orchestra). Josh is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and currently serves as the co-chair of the Wexner Fellowship Alumni Committee. He lives in Skokie, IL with his wife Natalie Blitt and sons Jonah, Micah and Toby.
Camille Monk is a self-proclaimed fixer and service enthusiast. With over 10 years’ experience in client services and logistics, Camille is always up for a challenge and finding a way to get-the-job done. Originally from Wisconsin where she owned and operated The Etiquette & Protocol School of Wisconsin, she trained children and young adults from various backgrounds on social etiquette. Camille joined ABQ less than three months ago, and has already brought a calm and structure to the organization.
Camille lives in Chicago with her husband and three-year old son. She enjoys singing, spending time with family and ministering to youth in her youth group.
Pablo is a data research analyst with a background in the social sciences, and work in various fields including construction, museum, education, and digital humanities. Pablo’s interests center on charting transformations in the human condition. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as a MA and BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with emphases in History and Ethnic Studies.
Julie Reed has been a consultant to university, nonprofit and government organizations on issues ranging from post-incarceration education to environmental leadership to international student experiences. She was a senior leader in the public service centers at Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, and Gettysburg College. Additionally, she worked at California State University-Monterey Bay, Indiana University-Bloomington, IUPUI and Georgetown University. She began as a criminal justice social worker after earning bachelors and masters degrees from the University of WI.
Julie established univeristy programs for undergraduate and graduate students, international development interns, and faculty and community partners, and directed domestic and international service-learning trips. She has also co-authored Facilitating Reflection in Higher Education and various journal articles on faculty and student development.
Julie earned her PhD in Higher Education with a minor in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, and conducted dissertation research on reflective practice and care theory in novice faculty teaching.
She lives in San Francisco where she is a cycling coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, as well as a runner, swimmer and hiker. She is also a mindfulness practitioner in the Buddhist tradition.
Bethany Sharp recently joined Ask Big Questions after 3 years of experience as a Graphic Designer working with clients large and small. Bethany is a graduate of Boston University and has studied design in four countries. She has brought her communications skills and love of typography with her from Texas to Chicago and is jumping into non-profit work with both feet.
Outside of Ask Big Questions, Bethany is a singer, artist, and lover of languages with a sizeable perfectionist streak.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs - Yale University
Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship - Hillel International
Professor of English - Goucher College
Philanthropic Advisor and Consultant
Jasmin is an alum of the Ask Big Questions fellowship, and is currently a graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Masters of Social Work program in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Jasmin is currently engaged in research exploring social work education, and is completing her Addictions Certificate. She values bringing an intersectional feminist lens to her work. Jasmin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Matthew comes to Ask Big Questions from being the Executive Director of Kids4Peace Boston, which facilitates 12-18 year olds and their parents in the forming of meaningful relationships across lines of conflict and societies’ divides. Matthew has worked in the field of Experiential Education for nearly ten years. He enjoys connecting with those who value vulnerability over bravado and desire to make the world a kinder place. Matthew received a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. When not with Ask Big Questions, you can usually find him running, dancing, or day-dreaming.
Thomas is an independent trainer and facilitator, working with other facilitators, leading discussions, and assisting individuals and organizations in integrating reflective practices into their work. He has worked in the nonprofit sector throughout the Chicago area since 2009, bringing together academic, business, and nonprofit organizations to confront issues related to poverty, diversity, education, and community development.