ADVISOR, INVESTOR, FORMER DIGITAL AGENCY FOUNDER & CEO
Jonah Seiger is a veteran digital agency executive and public affairs communications professional. Over the course of more than 25 years, he has worked at the cutting edge of the internet and American politics and founded and co-founded two successful digital agencies and a leading digital rights organization.
Currently an independent consultant, strategic advisor, and active angel investor Jonah currently provides counsel on business strategy, management, communications, and public affairs to select early-stage startups, established growing businesses, and mission-driven organizations with a focus on greentech, govtech, and digital media.
Previously, Jonah spent 15 years as founder, managing partner, and CEO of Connections Media LLC, a Washington DC-based full-service digital agency with a focus on public affairs. Founded in 2004, Connections Media offered digital strategy, design, digital marketing, and data analytics services to fortune 100 companies, foundations, trade associations, and candidates for federal, state, and local office.
Jonah and his team of 40 professionals in DC and NYC worked with a wide variety of high-profile clients, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Auto Alliance, Google, NBC, PhRMA, Starbucks Coffee Company, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the World Bank, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Connections Media received multiple industry awards and accolades, including 3 Webby Awards.
Widely regarded as an internet pioneer, Jonah has deep roots in the internet world.
A native of Silicon Valley, Jonah began his career in Washington DC in 1993 working on internet-related-policy issues with Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), Chair of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, and later with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). In 1994, he helped found and served as the first Communications Director for the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a leading internet policy and advocacy organization.
While at CDT Jonah led some of the first online advocacy campaigns, including the first online petition (in 1995), the first webcast of a Congressional hearing, and the precedent-setting “black page protest” of 1996 - an event with Yahoo.com cited as one of the 10 most important moments in the first 10 years of the internet. During that time, a 1997 New York Times profile described Jonah as “a trench warrior in the battle to democratize cyberspace,” in reference to his role in the landmark Supreme Court decision establishing broad First Amendment protection for the internet.
In 1997, Jonah co-founded Mindshare Internet Campaigns, and built the company to become the leading Web 1.0 public affairs agency. In 2001 he was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants & Harvard University as “One to Watch” on its list of “The 25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet Politics.”
Jonah has served on the board of All For Good, an open-source platform for matching volunteers to activities across the U.S and powered sites including the Obama Administration's serve.gov, and service initiatives by MTV, and the AARP. Jonah was also Chair of the Board of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at the George Washington University. As a former member of the Adjunct faculty at the GWU's Graduate School of Political Management, he taught a graduate course on the role of digital communications in politics and public affairs in the mid 2000’s.
In his spare time, Jonah enjoys racing sailboats, cooking, guitar, and digital photography. Jonah holds a BA in Psychology and Religion from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Go Blue!). A native of Palo Alto, CA, he resides in Washington DC with his wife and dog.
FOUNDER & CEO
CONNECTIONS MEDIA LLC
2004 - 2018
A full-service digital agency offering strategy, content, design, digital marketing, and data analytics to leading corporate, foundation, and advocacy clients. Jonah built the company into a team of 40 professionals with offices in Washington DC and New York City. Clients included former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2005 and 2009 campaigns, DATA/One Campaign, Google, JDRF. NBC, PepsiCo, PhRMA, MPAA, Starbucks, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the World Bank, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Connections Media was acquired by Next15 Communications in 2013 and became a part of The Outcast Agency in 2019.
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF-STRATEGIST
MINDSHARE INTERNET CAMPAIGNS LLC
One of the first-of-its-kind digital agencies, mindshare helped organizations leverage communications opportunities created by new technologies. The company pioneered digital advocacy helped establish an industry.
Mindshare became Virilion in 2007 and was acquired by RepEquity in 2011.
1997 - 2004
FOUNDING COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY & TECHNOLOGY
1994 - 1997
The Center for Democracy & Technology works to preserve the user-controlled nature of the internet and champion freedom of expression. CDT supports laws, corporate policies, and technology tools that protect the privacy of internet users, and advocate for stronger legal controls on government surveillance.
Headquartered in Washington, with an international presence in Brussels, CDT works inclusively across sectors and the political spectrum to find tangible solutions to today's most pressing internet policy challenges.
ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
Founded in 1990, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.
While at EFF Jonah worked on encryption policy, (key escrow & the "clipper chip"), electronic surveillance (CALEA), and the early the legal and policy framework that defined today's open internet.