Based in Washington, D.C., Jonah Bryson is an experienced communications strategist and publicist with a passion for equity, human rights and justice. Bryson holds a unique network of trusted relationships with White House, congressional and national correspondents, as well as political sources and veteran civil rights leaders. At the NAACP, he works on the front lines of the modern-day social justice battle, coordinating press to apply pressure around voting rights, police reform and other issues. Bryson is recognized for developing and executing media strategies at a national level.
Before joining the NAACP in 2020, where he now serves as an on-the-record spokesperson for the Association and the President & CEO, Bryson managed communications for Martin Luther King III, son of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bryson’s work has been positively featured on CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, Politico, Axios and other outlets. He has also been quoted in The Washington Post, NBC, CNN and CBS, among others.
In December 2021, Bryson delivered a speech at the PR News Media Relations Conference. He spoke about the magic behind the perfect headline (and avoiding the headlines you don't want), the importance of speaking in soundbites and how to tell your story in this current media landscape. He then hosted a workshop alongside Georgetown Professor Matt Charles and Clyde Group VP Geoff Vetter with members of the audience.
Bryson additionally has a background in film, music and creative storytelling. In 2018, he directed a Miami-based musical production with students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Released by People Magazine on the eve of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, it hit #1 on Rolling Stone's trending list. It was widely backed by a variety of notable people, including Sir Paul McCartney, Congressmen John Lewis, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and actress Julianne Moore.
In 2020, he directed and shot an NAACP ad voiced by Morgan Freeman, encouraging Americans to vote. It first aired on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ahead of the presidential election.
On his spare time, Bryson enjoys scuba diving anywhere possible, exploring our planet’s oceans. Bryson joined Fabien Cousteau, Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, on a filmed expedition in 2018, that was directed by both Bryson and Cousteau.