Jason C. DeSanto is a highly-rated lecturer at Northwestern University with a strong passion for effective communication and engaging audiences. With over 15 years of experience as a political speechwriter and debate strategist, Jason has helped numerous public figures and organizations effectively communicate their messages.
As a vital member of the Zuri advisor team, Jason played a critical role in preparing the company's founders, Giuliana and Blair, for the prestigious Northwestern VentureCat competition in 2022. Under his guidance and support, the team won over $30,000 in non-dilutive funding, and he continues to prepare them for pitch competitions, interviews, and other public speaking opportunities.
Jason's persuasion and political communication expertise has earned him recognition from several notable publications, including The New York Times, CBS Radio, and the BBC. He also served as the lead commentator on presidential addresses and debates for the award-winning PBS program Chicago Tonight.
A University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, Jason is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and an editorial board member of the journal First Amendment Studies. He is also the founding co-producer of the Newt & Jo Minow Debate Series, which pays tribute to U.S. presidential debate pioneer and Law School alum Newton N. Minow.
With his vast experience in public advocacy and communication, Jason is an invaluable asset to the Zuri team. He helps the company effectively communicate its message to the world, ensuring that the startup's vision and mission are well-articulated to all stakeholders.