Joseph R. Crosby


MultiState Associates



Joseph R. Crosby is Chief Executive Office of MultiState Associates, the nation's leading state and local government relations consultants. Joe is involved in all aspects of the firm’s efforts to help clients resolve the challenges they face in the state and local government arena, with a concentration on providing strategic counsel, identifying and deploying political assets, and advancing tax policy objectives.

Prior to joining MultiState in 2011, Joseph spent 11 years with the Council On State Taxation (COST), an association representing 600 of the nation's largest companies on state and local business tax issues. Joseph served COST as chief operating officer & senior director, policy. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Joseph managed all aspects of COST's advocacy program and regularly testified before state legislatures and other state and national policy-making bodies. 

Joseph is a nationally recognized expert on state and local business tax policy. In 2011, he was identified by State Tax Notes as the “single most influential person in state taxation” and named as the publication’s inaugural Person of the Year.

Prior to his work with COST, Joseph was national director of state legislative services for Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided legislative monitoring, advocacy management, and coalition development services. Earlier in his career, Joseph spent four years as a senior executive with a state legislative tracking firm. Joseph is past president of the State Government Affairs Council, the premier national association for multistate government affairs executives, and served on the board of directors of the Washington Area State Relations Group, another association of government relations professionals. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and completed graduate course work in economic policy at American University in Washington. 

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