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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Jon Haber is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

An expert at helping candidates, nonprofits and businesses manage their reputations and respond to changing media, marketplace and political environments, Haber offers advice and assistance on strategic communications and crisis communications. 

For eight years, Haber taught a highly-rated graduate course on public policy communications in Georgetown University’s Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications program.

He is also the president of Cascade Strategy, Inc., a strategic communications consultancy he founded in Washington, DC.

Haber is a veteran of five presidential campaigns including Howard Dean, Bill Clinton, Richard Gephardt, Walter Mondale and Edward Kennedy.

He served as chief of staff/general counsel for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and counsel/communications director for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  During the Clinton Administration, Haber was special counsel to the president at the Overseas Private Investment Corp.  

Haber’s positions in the private sector include CEO of the American Association for Justice, one of the nation’s most powerful professional associations. There, he led the organization’s turnaround.  Helping AAJ reframe the debate about civil justice issues, Haber developed a new communications program and digital presence and led the rebranding and change of the organization’s name.

Before joining AAJ, Haber was a senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard, then the world’s largest public relations, public affairs and marketing company.  At Fleishman, Haber developed and managed a highly successful public affairs and corporate communications consulting practice for technology companies, non-profits and foundations.

He also practiced law in San Francisco.

A native of Los Angeles, Haber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

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