Jon Lerner is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he pursues policy studies in U.S. foreign policy.
Lerner was born and raised in Minneapolis. He attended George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where his thesis examined Soviet dissent policy; the London School of Economics, where he studied international relations; and The University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.
Lerner served as a Legislative Assistant to members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he worked on national security policies.
After managing two U.S. Senate campaigns, Lerner founded a polling and advertising company that grew to become one of the leading political consulting, survey research, and advertising firms in America. He helped elect more than two dozen U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and Governors, and held senior positions on two presidential campaigns.
In January 2017, Lerner returned to government service, entering the Trump Administration as Deputy to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. In that capacity, he served on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, responsible for advising the National Security Council and President on a full range of foreign policy issues with emphasis on actions at the United Nations. He ended his government service on December 31, 2018.
Lerner and his wife live in Maryland and have three children and two dogs.