Jonathan Reiber is a writer and security strategist based in Oakland, California. From serving in senior positions in the Department of Defense in Barack Obama’s administration to leading cybersecurity strategy for a company in Silicon Valley, he helps organizations and individuals build resilience to technological and political disruptions in the digital age.
In his work he advises governments, companies, and organizations on the risks of digitization. He has helped manage large bureaucracies; advised cabinet officials and senior leaders across the U.S. government, foreign governments, and the private sector; and developed written products quickly for decision-making and parliamentary deliberations, public communications, and major media engagements. His writing has been published or featured by Foreign Policy, DefenseOne, The Atlantic Monthly, Literary Hub, and Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity among others.
A former Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Jonathan also served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the United States’ Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton B. Carter, and previously as Special Assistant to the United States' Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. James N. Miller. In both positions he focused his work on foreign and defense policy, grand strategy, Middle East and Asia-Pacific affairs, and cybersecurity. He campaigned full-time for Barack Obama in 2007-2008.
Prior to U.S. government service, he worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, as a Research Manager at a geological intelligence firm, and as a political and communications advisor to the Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied religion and creative writing, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.
He has written book-length works and articles about humanity's confrontation with technology and political change, and, with his co-host DJ Skelton, in 2019 he launched a podcast, Beyond the Breach, which aims to both delight and inform listeners about the risks and opportunities of our digital life. A selection of his writing is available on LinkedIn and his webpage, www.jonathanreiber.com.