Policy and Communications Manager
Jonathan Ben-Menachem is a Policy and Communications Manager at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. In order to maintain a user-friendly Clearinghouse for activists, legislators, and other justice system stakeholders, he curates and analyzes research, litigation, pilot projects, legislative reforms, and media related to fines and fees in the justice system. He also assists the Co-Directors with research related to fines and fees in select states, curates and disseminates the FFJC newsletter, and prepares public-facing materials.
Prior to joining the FFJC, Jonathan was a Communications Associate at the National Network for Safe Communities. There, he developed accessible and engaging communications strategies for the National Network’s portfolio, including the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention and the DOJ-funded National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He also wrote translational materials on innovations in public safety and police-community reconciliation, coordinated media inquiries and outreach, and managed the National Network’s social media channels.
Jonathan has also worked in the private sector as a journalist, marketer, and curator. At an editorial marketing firm called L&T Co., he managed freelance writers and worked with clients to showcase powerful brand narratives. While pursuing his undergraduate education, he co-founded a music and culture blog called No Smoking Media, which supported his concert booking efforts.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from New York University.