President and Founder, Bernstein Strategy Group
The founder and president of BSG, Jon has been working on education, education technology and telecommunications issues since 1995. Jon is an expert on federal legislative and regulatory issues related to the E-Rate program, education appropriations, and the No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Currently, Jon serves as the Co-chair of the Education & Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC), an organization focused on preserving and protecting the E-Rate program, which is comprised of all of the major public and private education associations and the American Library Association. He is also the Treasurer for the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and is co-chair of NCTET’s Inaugural Ball Subcommittee.
Prior to launching the Bernstein Strategy Group in 2005, Jon served as Vice President at Leslie Harris & Associates, where he worked on k-12 education policy and appropriations issues, the E-Rate program and blocking/filtering legislation.
Before joining Leslie Harris & Associates, Jon served as an Attorney Advisor with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), working on common carrier issues for the Accounting Policy Division and, later, for the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Prior to joining the FCC, Jon lobbied for the National Education Association (NEA) on a variety of issues, including education technology, the E-Rate, Internet filtering, school safety and copyright. He also served a stint as Interim Manager of NEA’s Federal Relations Division.
Jon’s lobbying career began with The Lightspan Partnership, an educational software provider. In that position, he worked on federal education authorization and appropriations issues and collaborated with EdLiNC and Congress to help pass E-Rate as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Jon’s first policy job in Washington was with the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, where as Legislative Fellow, he helped staff her on judiciary, crime, immigration, and intellectual property issues.
In 1991, Jon received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1988, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
The E-rate/Fiber Workshop will explore recent developments and future prospects for schools, libraries, and fiber providers seeking E-rate support to deploy fiber networks. The discussion will examine the recent round of questions from USAC concerning special construction, the information applicants must collect to receive approval, the allocation of fiber strands, and the timing for lighting […]