From local and statewide issues to those playing out in international arenas, Jason manages public affairs and communications campaigns on behalf of corporations, non-profit organizations, government officials, trade associations and business leaders. He has earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
From 2010 – 2012, Jason served as Communications Director for Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, a research institution that works to increase transparency of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) claiming a human rights mandate in the Middle East. While helping to guide the organization in critical policy areas, Jason also managed NGO Monitor’s international media relations, marketing, event planning, and spoke to numerous audiences.
While with the Sacramento office of Porter Novelli, an international public relations and public affairs agency, Jason co-managed campaigns and projects for the California Chamber of Commerce, the Public Policy Institute of California, Chevron Corporation, and the American Plastics Council. He led a highly successful media outreach and coalition building effort for a winning ballot campaign regarding statewide healthcare policy. Those efforts secured the endorsement of more than 15 newspaper editorials and numerous media stories throughout California. He also oversaw a $1 million annual budget for a non-profit clean air organization that, among other objectives, highlighted the health benefits of improved air quality for asthmatic youth in the San Joaquin Valley. Jason also co-managed media relations and coalition building efforts regarding legislation on Bisphenol A, developing key messages and securing media coverage detailing the potential health risks of untested chemicals in consumer products. He continues to have strong contacts with the Capitol Press Corps and business, political, and healthcare reporters throughout California.
Jason was awarded a 2008 – 2009 Legacy Heritage Fellowship and served as a fellow at the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, DC. Among many projects and events, Edelstein co-managed AJC’s “Diplomatic Marathon” at the United Nations General Assembly, which consisted of more than 60 meetings with foreign diplomats and government officials.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Jason obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington. He received his M.A. in Israeli Society and Politics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School. He lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife, Leah.