Jonathan Jacoby is a program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. His work focuses on business and human rights.
Jacoby was previously the special advisor for private-sector engagement to Oxfam International’s executive director. He managed a United States–based team engaging major agriculture, mining, and apparel companies on corporate practices and public policies related to human rights, sustainable development, and climate change. His nine years at Oxfam also included leading advocacy efforts aimed at major multinational food and beverage companies for the Behind the Brands initiative.
Jacoby also served as associate director for international economic policy at the Center for American Progress, where he coauthored the 2007 report, Virtuous Circle: Strengthening Broad-Based Global Progress in Living Standards, and appeared on CNN, PBS, CNBC, and BBC as an expert on trade and globalization.
Fluent in Spanish, Jacoby has led development and research projects in Nicaragua and Bolivia. He was the first non-African intern at the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development in South Africa and has traveled to over 50 other countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Jacoby holds an MBA and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a BA in social studies from Harvard University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Advisory Board on Sustainable Labor Practices in Global Supply Chains at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.