Jonathan brings more than 20 years’ experience to Oak Rose Group in organizational leadership, operational effectiveness, finance, fundraising, change management, advocacy, public policy, and strategic communications from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Prior to joining Oak Rose Group, Jonathan spent close to 14 years with ACE Scholarships, a Colorado non-profit that provides scholarships to low-income children to attend private K-12 schools. He joined ACE as Communications Director in 2007, a position he held for a decade. In 2008, he took on the additional responsibilities as ACE’s Chief Operating Officer, a position he held until March 2021.
As COO, Jonathan oversaw business operations, program and policy initiatives, fundraising strategy, and developed the organization’s strategic expansion plan, which grew ACE from serving 600 students in Colorado with annual revenues of $5M, to supporting more than 7,000 students across 8 states with 2020 revenues of $32M. During Jonathan’s tenure, ACE expanded to become the only scholarship granting organization in the country to operate both privately funded and tax-credit supported programs across multiple states.
Prior to joining ACE, Jonathan was Communications Director for the Colorado Secretary of State, serving as spokesperson for the Colorado Department of State and advising the Secretary on a wide range of policy issues, including elections and campaign finance. Jonathan previously worked in the legislative affairs department of a national association, and as a political campaign operative in California and Colorado, managing day-to-day operations for local, federal and statewide campaigns with budgets ranging from $250,000 to $3MM.
Jonathan is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, is a founding board member of Girls Athletic Leadership School, an all-girls charter public school in Denver, and served as President of the Board of Directors of Highline Academy, a two-campus charter public school.
Born in Stirling, Scotland, Jonathan immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and certification as a Secondary Teacher. Today, he lives with his wife and daughter, and their two dogs, in Denver, Colorado where they enjoy exploring the Rocky Mountains and hosting dinner parties for friends and family.