Josh Pendergrass was named API’s Chief Communications Officer in September 2019; he has over a decade of experience working in political communications, politics, and media relations. In 2017, he was named by Governor Kay Ivey as Communications Director. In that capacity he managed the entire communications efforts of the governor’s office and held the main responsibility for crafting the governor’s speeches, press statements, and public comments, as well as overseeing press relations, social media, and other activities.
Josh has worked closely on communications efforts with the Alabama House Rural Caucus and played a role in dozens of Alabama campaigns in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 cycles. He has served as either a paid staffer or a general consultant for campaigns ranging from local offices, state legislative, constitutional offices, and congressional seats. Most recently he served as Director of Client Strategy and General Counsel at the nationwide political consulting firm Cygnal, which was ranked by the New York Times as the most accurate political pollster during the 2018 election cycle.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University in political science and communications, a Juris Doctor from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, and a Master of Theological Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh has been licensed to practice law in Alabama since 2011 and has served as pastor of several local churches. Concurrent with this appointment he serves as Pastor of Wadsworth Baptist Church. He and his wife Leslie have been married since 2010; they have a three-year-old son.