Commissioner Maxwell embarked on a career in public service driven by a genuine desire to assist his fellow citizens. With a determination that belied his age, he made his mark by running for Mayor of Downingtown, his hometown, at 26 years old. Notably, his victory made him the youngest person ever elected to this prestigious office. In a further demonstration of his political acumen, Josh secured a historic win as part of the first-ever Democratic majority to capture the Chester County Board of Commissioners in 2020. The magnitude of this triumph left pundits across the nation awestruck.
Drawing on his upbringing in a blue-collar neighborhood, Commissioner Maxwell has always championed the cause of working families. During his time as Commissioner, he has prioritized critical initiatives such as the development of additional housing projects, promoting community development, and allocating greater resources to support survivors of domestic violence. Among his proudest achievements is the establishment of the Chester County Partnership to End Homelessness, a commendable effort that he spearheaded. Additionally, he has overseen the evaluation and judicious disbursement of approximately $102 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) by creating a citizen committee of dedicated volunteers.
Educated at West Chester University and the University of Pennsylvania, Commissioner Maxwell proudly serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, an esteemed Historically Black College and University (HBCU). His role in academia allows him to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of leaders. Josh continues to uphold his commitment to public service and remains steadfast in his efforts to improve the lives of those in his community.