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Jonathan Jackson

Senior Associate

Throughout his tenure at the firm, Jonathan has been influential in shaping policy that has been considered and passed by Congress as well as worked to secure millions of dollars in federal funding through the federal grant programs.

Areas of policy expertise:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Commerce
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Sports and Recreation

Previous experience:

  • Senior Program Analyst, United States Department of Transportation
  • Legislative Analyst, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Senior Legislative Analyst, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas)
  • Legislative Analyst, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (Louisiana)
  • White House Fellow, Executive Office of President Barack H. Obama
  • Deputy Director, California Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Georgia Department of Community Health

Transportation:

  • Jonathan’s experience working in Congress has helped him develop close working relationships with the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and its leadership. He has worked with Committee Chairman Congressman Peter DeFazio, Aviation Subcommittee Chair Congressman Rick Larsen, Highways Subcommittee Chair Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Water Subcommittee Chair Grace Napolitano on transportation policy such as the HEROES Act, the Moving Forward Act, and the Water Resources and Development Act of 2020. Additionally, Jonathan also worked with members of the Transportation Committee on critical policy such as the recently passed Transportation Workforce Modernization Act as well as H.R 1917. Finally, Jonathan efforts also include working with the Committee on Appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding priorities incorporated in H.R. 267, working to secure $1.6 million in federal grants for land improvement around New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport, working on policy with Texas Central Partners to obtain funding for the implementation of the Texas Central High Speed Rail project from Dallas to Houston, Texas, and overseeing federal regulation for more than $1.2 billion dollars in federal funding and grants allocated for the Crenshaw/LAX transit extension project.
  • Jonathan has also worked extensively to achieve success in numerous federal agencies. Most recently, Jonathan partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southwest Region headquarters to create a program for STEM education and training in Dallas, TX-area schools. Jonathan also worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on a $14 million dollar project to increase program participation in the Short Term Lending Program for the Office of Small Business. Previously serving as a White House Fellow, Jonathan also worked with Congressional member offices, Committees, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for the development of policy seeking to identify education and training requirements necessary to insure employment for former service members.

Water and Sanitation:

  • Jonathan has leveraged his relationships to help create and implement legislative strategies to advance our clients priorities. He recently worked with Congressional lawmakers to identify $40 million in available Water Resources Development Act funding for our client the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency for their SNIP Project. Additionally, Jonathan has worked with staff of Senator and Vice-Presidential nominee Kamala Harris to implement water infrastructure grant funding in the Water For Tomorrow Act.

Public Safety:

  • Jonathan keeps clients abreast of relevant policy and legislation before Congress. He uses his extensive experience and expertise to positively shape the federal legislative process in Washington with the intent to provide tangible results for clients. Jonathan recently worked to obtain nearly $900,000 in Department of Justice grants for the cities of Huron and Turlock, CA.

Local Governance:

  • Jonathan has also worked with state and local agencies including the State of Georgia’s Department of Community Health, where he served as Department liaison for budget recommendation to state House and Senate Committees. Additionally, Jonathan has also served in the California State Assembly, monitoring key legislation before the state legislature and also serving as liaison between policy and legislation-making bodies such as the Los Angeles City Council.

Jonathan graduated from American University where he received a Masters of Public Administration and Policy in 2017 and Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2009.