Jon has more than 25 years of experience in communications, both as a journalist and a public relations and marketing professional. At Cook + Schmid Jon develops strategic and integrated campaigns for clients that include public agencies, private and public companies and nonprofits. Jon has worked on some of the most important projects in the Southern California region, including public education and outreach around moving the San Diego County Regional Airport, the vision and guiding principles for the Port of San Diego’s new 50-year master plan update, and the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. In the private sector he has supported technology, biotechnology and life sciences clients for more than a decade. His work includes launching Illumina’s consumer sequencing service and GE’s first line of digital cameras. Jon’s work has been honored with four Silver Anvils, the Public Relations Society of America’s highest national honor for strategic programs. His prior experience includes more than a decade of work as a professional journalist at a number of publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan daily newspapers. As a journalist, Jon was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Jon grew up in San Diego and he is active with a number of local civic and industry organizations. He is a member of the boards of directors of the San Diego Maritime Museum and the San Diego Bay Holiday Parade of Lights. Previous board service includes the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Jon is a 2004 graduate of LEAD San Diego. Jon earned an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.
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