Edelstein Public Affairs provides expertise in strategic communications, media outreach, social media, marketing development, issues management, government relations, and coalition building to help clients reach and exceed goals.
With experience in the private and non-profit sectors in California, Washington, DC, and Israel, Jason Edelstein has earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Whether collaborating with a client for an extended period or working on a time-sensitive project, Jason develops and manages communications efforts tailored specifically to the clients’ audiences and goals. He also has developed and implemented winning public affairs strategies for California initiative campaigns and policy areas, and for campaigns impacting the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, among other venues.
Edelstein’s breadth of experience and strong contacts with key reporters and media outlets throughout the world provide a unique skill-set that yields positive, long-term results.
From local issues to those playing out in international arenas, Jason Edelstein manages public affairs and communications campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations, associations, and businesses. At Edelstein Public Affairs, Jason works primarily in the philanthropic, healthcare, energy, business, and political arenas.
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, and event planning, and spoke to numerous audiences. His op-eds appeared in the New York Post, The Australian, Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, JTA, YNet, and The Jewish Week.
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, and the American Plastics Council. He oversaw a $1 million annual budget for a non-profit clean air organization, including the implementation of Clean Air Business Expositions and grant programs. He also led a highly successful media outreach and coalition building effort for a winning ballot campaign, securing the endorsement of more than 15 newspaper editorials 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, CA with his wife, Leah, and their daughters, Shoshana and Miri.