Co-Founder | Blavity Inc.
Jonathan Jackson is a co-founder former Head of Corporate Brand at Blavity, Inc.,
the largest media platform and lifestyle brand for Black millennials. Jonathan
worked to push the story and ideology behind Blavity to new markets, establish
strategic partnerships with new partners and foundations and produce compelling
thought leadership about the next generation of makers and creatives. He also
works closely with senior leaders and executives who are looking to capture,
retain, and engage with new audiences and drive sustained growth. He also
handled public affairs and alliances, working to ensure a social good component
and community advocacy remained at the core of their business.
Prior to Blavity, he worked across various roles at LinkedIn in across HR,
Advertising, most recently as an Editor overseeing the Influencer Program, which
brings together 500 of the world’s top thought leaders to engage with LinkedIn’s
580M members through rich insights and original content. He also wrote the
charter and co-founded LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group, it’s first ever racially-
affinity group for employees of descent from the African Diaspora.
He graduated from Washington University in 2013, where he studied Political
Science and Writing. As a writer and strategist, his work has appeared in 99U,
The Muse, and other nationally syndicated publications. He also does select
ghostwriting for senior leaders interested in expanding their presence through
strategic conversations and impact. He is also the youngest member of the
Nielsen External Advisory Council, where he works to help solve strategic
business challenges and provide strategic insights to their executive team.
As a speaker, he has lectured at Harvard Business School, Moody’s, The United
Nations Pandora, MEC, and other global brands and Fortune 500 companies. He
is the recipient of the Digital Diversity Network’s 2017 Culture Catalyst Award,
recognized as a trendsetter and influencer in the digital and tech zeitgeist. He sits
on the Nielsen External Advisory Council, where he advises senior leadership on
strategic focuses for African-American audiences. He is a 2018 Knight Visiting
Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.