Director of State Communications
Jon Shure is Director of State Communications. He came to the Center in 2009 after 12 years as president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, a state research organization he founded in 1997. Under his direction, NJPP became a major voice on tax and budget policy in New Jersey.
Shure began his career as a reporter for The Record newspaper of Bergen County, NJ, where his assignments included the paper’s State House and Washington bureaus. After leaving The Record, Shure served on the staff of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Competitiveness, and Consumer Protection. He was Communications Director for New Jersey Governor Jim Florio from 1990-1993.
Before establishing New Jersey Policy Perspective, Shure was a vice president at the Twentieth Century Fund (now The Century Foundation) in New York, a nonprofit engaged in research on national policy issues. He is a Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and previously taught two courses in the Political Science Department at Rutgers in New Brunswick: New Jersey Politics and Mass Media and US Democracy.
Shure has a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.