Jon Shure has spent his career communicating about policy and public affairs as a journalist, in state government, and in the nonprofit arena.
Shure started as a reporter for The Record newspaper of Bergen County, New Jersey, where his assignments included the paper’s State House and Washington bureaus. After leaving The Record, Shure served on the staff of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Competitivenessand Consumer Protection. He was communications director for New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio’s term in office, 1990-1993.
Shure was a vice president at the Twentieth Century Fund (now The Century Foundation) in New York, a nonprofit engaged in research on national policy issues. In 1997, he founded, and until 2009 served as president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, a state research organization based in Trenton.
In 2009 Shure returned to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a national think tank. There, he served as director of state communications, developing messaging and providing media-related guidance for the State Priorities Partnership, a network of 42 state research and advocacy organizations.
He has been a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and previously taught two courses in the political science department at Rutgers in New Brunswick: New Jersey Politics and Mass Media and US Democracy. He served on the boards of the Center for Non-Profits in New Jersey and the Maryland Center on Economic Policy.
Shure has a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and a master’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri. His interests include travel, reading and maintaining three fantasy baseball teams. A native of Syracuse, New Yorl, Shure and his wife live in Ewing, New Jersey.