Jeff Berkowitz is the principal of Berkowitz Public Affairs, providing a range of services to corporations, trade associations, political campaigns, and educational and advocacy organizations, including strategic and crisis communications, policy analysis and investigative research. A well-regarded strategist, one prominent political website said “Berkowitz plays chess while his opponents play checkers … his depth of political knowledge is rare, even in a town like Washington.”
Most recently, Berkowitz served as Research Director for the Republican National Committee. While there, he oversaw all policy and legislative analysis and candidate and opposition research and provided strategic guidance on messaging and communications to national and state party officials. He coordinated the RNC’s efforts to shape the public opinion on the Obama health care plan, the 2009 economic stimulus package, financial regulatory reform and a range of other political and policy issues. Berkowitz has worked on campaigns at the federal, state and local level throughout the country, including Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, where he served as Deputy Communications Director and Research Director, and President Bush’s re-election campaign, where he served as Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Analyst for the RNC and Bush-Cheney 2004.
In government, Berkowitz was the Associate Director for Research in The White House Office of Scheduling and spearheaded community outreach on critical policy initiatives as the President’s Liaison to the Jewish Community. He also served at the State Department as an advisor on international information programs and public-private partnerships for the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he developed innovative programs utilizing creative media technologies (TV, Radio, Internet) to reach strategically important foreign audiences.
Berkowitz also has worked with a range of organizations outside of government, including the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he oversaw the communications and media efforts for the Center’s bipartisan Impact ’08 initiative that successfully engaged key opinion leaders in support of increased U.S. investments in global health and development tools during the 2008 presidential election. He also developed the re-branding strategy for the Center when it merged to become the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. His other private sector and non-profit work has included an energy trade association seeking increased competition in electricity and natural gas markets and several think tanks.
Berkowitz currently serves as Vice Chairman of America’s Future Foundation, the premier network of young conservative and libertarian leaders. He also serves on the board of the Hamilton Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on expanding middle market business and employment in developing economies, and as a member of the Young Leadership Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Berkowitz has trained political operatives and candidates for office in the U.S. and abroad for the International Republican Institute, the RNC’s Campaign Management College, American University’s Campaign Management Institute, and the Leadership Institute.
A resident of Washington, DC, Berkowitz is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.