PORTLAND, Ore.—Today, political consultant Jonathan Lockwood announced his launching of a new communications firm, Jonathan Lockwood & Associates.
“The logo of the firm reflects reality. There are always three sides to the story, your opponent's, the media's, and most importantly - your own. I want to help people tell their stories, and ignite change through storytelling," Lockwood said. "Things are moving fast, and I have a lot of support that's rushed in."
“I believe that people are like bright flames when they are born into this world, to provide light to the darkness that is around us. In life, we can burn bright, or grow dim, or we can become the truest forms of ourselves to burn blue, with intensity and power,” said Lockwood. “My firm will help people harness their truest selves, share that intensely, back it up authentically, with the public and with the media. My firm will also take on clients who are in need. We all have the right to defense in the courts of law, and we should all have the right to defense in courts of public opinion, now more than ever in today’s hyper-polarized world.”
Lockwood has primarily focused his communications work in the political arena, from Portland to Colorado to D.C., and has helped elevate issues from the local level to the national, and even international level. But aside from work he was hired to do, Lockwood has done pro bono work to fix issues others faced.
“I helped bring to light the story of when my good friends at the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans, who worked hard in Colorado to advocate for the LGBT community, were disinvited by the holy-rolling Centennial Institute in Colorado. I helped them tell their story, with a press release sent after 9 o’clock at night, and by morning, a friend in Michigan sent me a screenshot of the story trending on Facebook. As a result, people came together, and the Log Cabin Republicans were given a seat at the table,” Lockwood said. “There are some people who may not know how to get their story out, or they may not or just feel like they don’t have advocates. I know what it’s like to feel helpless, or silenced, and to have my name smeared in the media. I know what it’s like to feel voiceless, especially growing up in a world that didn’t accept me for who I am.
“Portland is a magnificent city, with some of the most profound, magnetic connections I’ve made with people. People here are accepting and kind, and have a gentleness about them. I’m happy to have moved out here from Colorado and I want to give back to Oregon, what Oregon gave to me,” Lockwood said. "But, I'm not limiting myself to working in-state. There are boundless opportunities and already people have started reaching out to me to see how we can work together."
Lockwood’s new firm’s website can be viewed here.
You can read a profile piece on his work in Oregon, written by journalist Ernest Luning here.