Senior Consultant, Crisis Management & Public Relations
Jon Schneider is a strategic public affairs and relations communications professional and brings over 20 years of knowledge, skill, and experience to the McBride Consulting & Business Development Group. Recently named by City and State as one of 10 Long Islanders on the rise, noting, “A behind-the-scenes deal maker … he has helped broker deals with unions, wrangle legislative votes, and devise political agendas for some of the island’s most powerful people.”
Throughout his career, Jon has consistently worked with individuals and organizations that strive to improve their communities. His focus on the strategy behind the goals and approaching any opportunity with a collaborative viewpoint has helped private clients achieve their visions and elected officials meet their policy objectives.
Jon served in Congress for 10 years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Congressman Tim Bishop where he worked on key issues like coastal protection, ensuring support for major facilities like Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the 106th Air Rescue Wing. While serving as Deputy County Executive for Intergovernmental Affairs for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s administration, he managed the County’s intergovernmental and communications staff, including serving as an on-the-record spokesperson and drafting key addresses. Jon worked closely with key leaders in Albany and passed critical elements of the County Executive’s agenda, including legislation to create a Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, expansion of gaming to Suffolk County, and securing the largest investment in clean water infrastructure in Suffolk County in 40 years.
Jon most recently served as Director of Public Relations for Long Island University where he also led the University’s government relations efforts and worked with former Congressman Steve Israel to establish the Global Institute at LIU.
A native Long Islander, Jon’s happy to be living in and working for the communities of Long Island. He lives in Suffolk County with his wife, Mary Ellen, and their two children, Eleanor, 11, and Benjamin, 8. In what spare time he can find, he enjoys Netflix with his family, running … and the occasional half marathon.