Jon Silvan is Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (GSG), recently named winner of Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by leading PR industry trade journal The Holmes Report. Recognized by PR Week’s Global Power Book as one of the most influential communications strategists in the U.S., Jon has guided GSG’s growth over the last 20 plus years from a boutique market research agency into a full-service public affairs firms with an award-winning team of over 100 professionals in five offices across the U.S.
With a background in communications, research and politics, Jon provides strategic guidance to GSG’s clients on a wide range of issues including public affairs, political strategy, corporate positioning, and reputation management.
Jon’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, national advocacy and nonprofit organizations, and some of the country’s top political candidates and government officials. Among his numerous achievements, Jon helped World Trade Center developer Silverstein Properties gain the critical stakeholder support necessary to break ground and rebuild at Ground Zero. He also served as a political counselor for Kirsten Gillibrand’s successful campaign for NY Senate.
Some of Jon’s current and former clients also include General Electric, Google, Time Warner Inc., Real Estate Board of New York, and Pershing Square Capital Management
Jon earned a dual degree in political communications and economic development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the Treasurer of the PR Council’s Executive Board and is a member of the Arthur Page Society and the Partnership for New York. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), and additionally as the Vice Chair of the Storahtelling Board of Directors for LAB/SHUL, a nonprofit organization that advances Jewish literacy through the arts.
He lives in Tribeca with his wife Marnie Berk, a public interest attorney and their three children.