Jonathan Lockwood is public relations and public policy professional and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
Jonathan Lockwood is public relations and public policy professional and is formerly the executive director of Advancing Colorado, a free-market non-profit. Lockwood launched and helmed the organization to its role as a leading voice in Colorado politics through aggressive public relations, dynamic digital marketing, statewide grassroots lobbying and innovative campaigns. Lockwood believes in strong and targeted messaging, consistent press relations and multiphasic campaigns. The group has garnered press internationally from Israel from New Zealand for its explosive Iran deal television ad campaign and has been featured in media outlets including POLITICO, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times, The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Hill, Newsweek, VICE Magazine and The Washington Free Beacon. Advancing Colorado spearheaded the fight against ColoradoCare, the 2016 single-payer ballot proposal. Additionally the group has been a strong defender of the state's robust energy portfolio, education reform, and national security. During his role with Advancing Colorado, Lockwood was a member of the Class of 2016 in the Leadership Program of the Rockies, which explored American foundational principles.
Prior, Lockwood ran the first-ever free-market group to strategically target Millennials in Colorado, Generation Opportunity. The group advocated for higher education and student loan reform, fought the Internet sales tax, campaigned on economic opportunity and growth, and conducted a robust Get Out the Vote campaign. Lockwood completed two programs at the Charles Koch Institute, Liberty@Work and the Communications Professionals program, which explored libertarian philosophy, management and leadership, crisis communications and grassroots activism.
Lockwood served in various spokesperson and communications director roles for winning campaigns and causes including Coloradans for Real Education Reform, which defeated Amendment 66, a billion dollar a year tax hike, and the first-ever Colorado recalls of state Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron, and he served as the press secretary for the House Republicans. Lockwood also worked on projects with the Starboard Group, the Independence Institute, Free Colorado, Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition and others. Early in his career Lockwood displayed a talent for garnering earned media, changing conversations in the media and developing bulletproof messages to defeat opponents.
Lockwood served as an area political director on Congressman Mike Coffman's successful reelection campaign and worked at two music publicity firms after graduating with a public relations degree from Metropolitan State University.