Political Commentator, Blogger at www.jonathanpelto.com
"Former" candidate, campaign manager, elected official and president of a successful strategic communications and issue advocacy firm.
Extensive experience in the use of media relations, social media and the design and implementation of campaigns that successfully mobilize targeted audiences to take particular action.
Was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1984. Over five terms I rose to the level of Deputy Majority Leader. I served as a member of the Appropriations, Education and Public Health Committees and as leading activist on some of the most important progressive issues of that came before the General Assembly.
Since leaving the Legislature in 1993, I’ve worked as a communications strategist developing and implementing sophisticated public relations, media relations and advocacy programs aimed at influencing public policy and public opinion.
My company, Impact Strategies, Inc., was Connecticut’s first stand-alone strategic communications and issue advocacy company. My clients included many of Connecticut’s most significant non-profit organizations, corporations, associations and unions, as well as Native American Tribes and governmental entities. A number of clients were also national organizations seeking to develop state specific campaigns to change public policy. A proactive media relations program was almost always a key element in the advocacy effort.
Over the years I have also managed or worked on numerous political campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
I particularly understand the important, powerful and growing role internet based media outlets; blogging and social networking play in public relations and advocacy efforts. A leading Connecticut columnist referred to me as the “king-pin” when it comes to utilizing Facebook as a political and issue organizing tool and my one year old blog (which focuses on Connecticut politics and government) attracted well over 125,000 visitors over the past year.
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