Jon Tapper has worked in the journalism and media relations fields for more than 30 years, with a large portion of that spent covering, developing and influencing policy in and around state government.
He led communications strategies for high-profile campaigns like Labor for Elizabeth Warren on behalf of the AFL-CIO and Labor for Marty Walsh on behalf of Working America. Jon also drafted and implemented the communications plans on the legislative effort to award treble damages to workers cheated out of their wages, and the Campaign to Strengthen Human Services, which helped tens of thousands of Direct Support Providers win much-needed salary increases.
Jon began his career as a journalist, first in Hartford and later in Boston, where he was the lead reporter and managing editor for the State House News Service and, later, as State House Bureau Chief and chief political reporter for The Enterprise in Brockton.
Jon also worked at the United Nations, both in Geneva and New York, heading the Department of Public Information’s team on the Human Rights Treaty Bodies. He oversaw coverage of the annual Commission on Human Rights and the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, as well as the Economic and Social Council.
Jon also represented the United Nations at the Global Summit on Social Development in Geneva, and the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa. Additionally, he worked as a media advisor in Afghanistan, helping the Karzai government build its communications operations as the country moved into its reconstruction phase.
Back in the United States, Jon was the Communications Director for the Massachusetts Department of Treasury and helped his boss, Shannon O’Brien, become the first woman in Massachusetts history to be a major party nominee for governor.