Speech Coach and Trainer
Born to an engineer and a mathematician, Kousha started his career teaching high school geometry as a corps member of Teach for America. The experience taught him how to present complex ideas in engaging ways. It also taught him that, while the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, it does accelerate to the ground at about 9.8 meters per second squared.
Kousha went on to work at Google, where he was a spokesperson for Google Search’s online community and hosted explainer videos about the company. He then became a speechwriter for Maria Contreras-Sweet, the U.S. Small Business Administrator, where he helped promote entrepreneurship and capital access for small businesses around the country.
At West Wing Writers, Kousha is known for being as comfortable in front of the camera as he is supporting speakers behind the podium. As the Senior Associate Producer for PBS’s Point Taken, the network’s first late night show in more than a decade, Kousha wrote and produced nationally broadcast episodes, as well as creating and hosting Point Taken’s weekly digital series. In 2016, he helped produce BuzzFeed’s first live election night special, which had more than 6.8 million viewers.
Kousha holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, having graduated cum laude and with distinction from Duke University, where he majored in political science with a minor in economics and theater studies. Kousha was born in Iran, grew up in New York, and lives in San Francisco.