Mr. Joshua Bess serves as the under secretary of support and sustainability for the department of family services. He is a Chickasaw citizen and has worked for the Chickasaw Nation since 2006.

Mr. Bess serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation and is a member of the Chickasaw Foundation Development Committee. He is also a member of the Chickasaw Historical Society, and serves as a member of the Oklahoma Mothers and Newborns Affected by Opioids (OMNO) Core Committee.

Mr. Bess is a graduate of the Chickasaw Leadership Academy bronze, silver and gold levels. He served as a member of Toastmaster’s International, National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA), Oklahoma Tribal Child Support Association (OTCSA), National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), and the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association (OICWA).

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in human resources administration from East Central University.