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Fast Facts

  • B.A., Northeastern University

  • Jon’s first job, when he was 16, was compiling high school sports box scores and stories at the Hartford Courant.

  • While in Geneva, Jon lived in an apartment that was the birthplace of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau — whom Jon had never heard of.

  • On fall and spring weekends, Jon can be found coaching his daughters’ soccer teams.

Jon TapperSenior Founding Partner
Jon Tapper has worked in the journalism and media relations fields for more than 30 years, and a large portion of that has been spent overseas, helping international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private businesses raise their profile and inform a global audience about their efforts and accomplishments.

Before co-founding Melwood Global, Jon worked with John Boit as a media advisor to the Government of Afghanistan, helping the country coordinate its communications operations as it moved into its reconstruction phase.

Jon has 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.

Back in the United States, Jon was the Director of Crisis Communications for one of the country’s leading public relations firms. He was also 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.

Jon began his career as a journalist, first in Hartford, Connecticut and later in Boston, where he was a lead reporter for the State House News Service and, then as State House Bureau Chief and chief political reporter for The Enterprise in Brockton.

Jon lives in Holliston, Massachusetts with his wife and their two daughters.

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