As a past endorsed candidate, the Houston Chronicle noted that Josh “was chief compliance officer of a major corporation.” Noting that he “has already demonstrated his ability to incite action,” Josh could bring to an elected role the crucial skills of “minimizing waste, fraud and abuse, conflict of interest and self-dealing and maximizing efficiencies for schools.” (The Houston Chronicle, Opinion: Wallenstein and Norris for Democrats, February 18, 2018.)
Public service has always been Josh’s passion. He has served in both Washington, DC (for Congressman J.J. Pickle) and as an intern in the Texas Capitol. As a law student, he also volunteered to serve both the United Nations (at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania) and the Organization of American States (at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica).
Due to an unexpected death, Josh and his brother Eric were raised for many years by a single mom. With the support of his community and good public schools, however, Josh excelled and ultimately graduated from Stanford Law School. He wants all Texas children to have great opportunities, and feels that the time for him to give back is now.
Professionally, Josh now leads The Wallenstein Law Group, a boutique law firm located in the district. He is a published author (in English and Spanish) and frequent public speaker on ethics and compliance-related issues. He is also a Board Member of the TRACE Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to increasing transparency and decreasing corruption) and the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association, and is a dedicated member of other local anti-corruption and compliance groups.
Josh is a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He is married to Luciana, a trilingual Brazilian national and now a naturalized Texan. He is also the proud father of his son Noah…and of a ferocious Mexican toy poodle named Teka.