Jonathan Greenberg, CEO
Jonathan Greenberg is a national investigative journalist and new media innovator committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. He started Progressive Source Communications as a public interest digital communications company in 2007.
Helping non-profits, advocacy groups, and public interest campaigns to tell their story directly to the public, through “People-Powered” digital media like web videos, microsites, and petitions, is Jonathan’s passion.
A recent Progressive Source project, KnowGMO.org, is built upon the cutting edge BeYourGovernment.org platform which Progressive Source has been developing to “get money out of politics” by replacing TV ads with citizen actions over social networks.
Jonathan currently writes a political blog that appears in the Huffington Post, and is a contributor to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Bohemian, and other publications. He has been an investigative financial and political journalist for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Forbes, Money, Playboy, Self, Inc., GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet.
At Progressive Source, Jonathan has managed web videos, strategies and sites for the ACLU, the Lakota People’s Law Project, Stonyfield Farm, the Virgin Foundation, Physicians for a National Health Program, Solar Cookers’ Carbon Offset Campaign, and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute.
Jonathan is also the founder and CEO of TV1.com, a website that offers a free cutting-edge video blogging system. He has been a web innovator since founding Gist Communications in 1995, an Internet company that competed successfully with TV Guide Online. Jonathan managed a staff of more than 70 software engineers, editors, designers and marketing professionals who built implemented and maintained custom TV listings and entertainment editorial packages. Gist’s websites reached millions of viewers, on behalf of dozens of clients in three countries, including Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, NBC, CBS, USA Today, CNN and Hewlett Packard. In 1997, Gist was among a dozen winners of one of the first Webby Awards.
From 2005 through 2006, Jonathan was vice president of Fenton Communications, where he created and managed media outreach, messaging and advertising campaigns for clients, including the two “Save Darfur” rallies in Washington and New York, and Helen Hunt’s “Faith & Feminism” Internet video and ad campaign.
Jonathan worked for local government in the year following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was appointed Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment. In this position, he directed media and public policy campaigns and was the City Council’s lead analyst for federal relief programs. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Jonathan has also worked as a strategic consultant for nonprofit organizations, including managing Housing Works’ entrepreneurial ventures and Wall Street Rising’s business assistance program.
Jonathan started his media work as a Forbes magazine reporter, where he created the first Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans. After three years at Forbes and four years as a founding contributing editor at Manhattan,Inc., Jonathan completed a Masters Studies in Law fellowship at Yale Law School, graduating with honors in First Amendment law. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Staking A Claim: Jake Simmons and the Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty, which a Washington Post Book World front page review called, “a rare biography that challenges the readers senses in the same the way science fiction does.” In 1992, he edited Buying America Back: Economic Choices for the 1990′s, an anthology of 45 progressive solution-oriented essays called by Publisher’s Weekly, “An immensely important resource for policymakers, community activists, and everyone concerned with building a more humane future.”
Jonathan is a graduate of New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, where he was a four term student of author Frank McCourt, an experience which both writers recalled in the New York Times Education life years later.
Jonathan received his B.A. in rhetoric and literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Masters Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.