Jonas Kieffer’s plans to become a historian became history when a new, New Jersey governor asked if he would consider writing speeches instead of enrolling in graduate school.
Today, Jonas is a partner at West Wing Writers and a strategist for leaders, organizations, and brands at the highest levels of business, philanthropy, government, and advocacy.
At West Wing, Jonas has driven growth and transformation, leading a number of partnerships and investments in new businesses and services. And in collaboration with the firm’s clients, he has helped to shape, share, and amplify the stories and ideas at the heart of groundbreaking, widely-recognized thought-leadership and public-affairs campaigns.
Prior to joining West Wing in 2012, Jonas served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Director of Speechwriting at the United States Department of Transportation. As a presidential appointee and aide to Secretary Ray LaHood, he led the agency’s team of writers.
Previously, Jonas was a senior executive-communications advisor and chief speechwriter to Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. And before that, he was the speechwriter for New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine.
Jonas began his career as an organizer on local, statewide, and presidential campaigns. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he lives with his wife and their dog in New York.