Jon Mandel has substantial legislative, regulatory and communications experience. He brings a deep knowledge of legislative and political campaigns and vast experience with the state and local legislative process to the BPAG team. Jon leads Bose Public Affairs Group’s multistate strategy practice and a local government relations practice focused on Washington, D.C. He is also of counsel to the Bose McKinney & Evans Real Estate and Gaming Groups.
Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Mandel worked at a top-50 American Lawyer (Am Law) law firm, where he spearheaded local and multistate legislative and government affairs campaigns from start to finish. Current and past industry representations include telecommunications and 5G broadband, gaming, satellite and over-the-top (OTT)/streaming video, energy generation and transmission, cryptocurrency and innovative companies in the sharing economy space.
A native Washingtonian, Jon is familiar with the unique local government landscape in Washington, D.C., and his understanding of the complex legal and political relationship between Congress and D.C.’s mayor and city council helps clients navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with doing business in the District. He previously served as a legislative and communications staffer to D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (At-Large), Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. Jon also managed several successful local candidate campaigns and worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Ohio in 2012.
Early in his career, Jon worked on major federal healthcare communication accounts at one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, delivering both traditional and digital media coverage of the United States’ transition from paper to electronic health care records.
Jon is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian. He earned his juris doctor from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.
Appointments / Memberships
- Member, Leadership Development Committee, D.C. Bar (2023 – Present)
- Volunteer, Play Sports Coalition (2020 – Present)
- Fellow, New Leaders Council, District of Columbia, 2015