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Chief Public Policy Officer at Robin Hood

Cone is an experienced nonprofit chief executive steeped in crisis management, policy advocacy, strategic communications, and fundraising knowledge. He is a former executive director, US affiliate of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), leading international medical humanitarian organization with over 200 staff and $370 million annual revenue. He also is the co-founder BlueCheck Ukraine, an initiative to identify, verify, and fund Ukrainian nongovernmental organizations providing lifesaving assistance.

Currently, he leads public policy and advocacy grantmaking for the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York City, Robin Hood. Cone oversees a $12 million grantmaking portfolios tackling issues such as criminal justice, affordable housing, early childhood, education, child care, food and tax policy reform. His work has supported policy change campaigns resulting in major reforms to the federal child tax credit, parole regulations, medical debt collection practices, unemployment insurance, and worker protections, among others.

Prior to joining Robin Hood, Cone led MSF-USA, one of the largest medical humanitarian organizations in the world, and was MSF-USA’s chief spokesperson and negotiator with cabinet-level officials in the Obama and Trump administrations on issues ranging from humanitarian aid to access to medicines, to immigration and counter-terrorism. Over 15 years with MSF-USA, he has conducted field assignments in Colombia, El Salvador, Gaza and the West Bank, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, South Sudan, Thailand, and Turkey.

Cone is an internationally recognized speaker on humanitarian issues, international humanitarian law, global health, crisis communications, non-profit ethics, and global migration.


Read more about Jason in the F&M Magazine