Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

Strategic Advisor


Strategist at the intersection of policy, politics and communications. Former White House aide and House Speaker chief of staff. Informs smart corporate strategy.

Barry Jackson is an incisive Republican strategist who leverages his years of senior executive and legislative branch experience to counsel clients on the tactical steps needed to achieve success in Washington, D.C. Corporate clients rely on Barry’s intuitive sense of the political landscape to guide decision-making processes and communications strategies.

From 2010 to 2012, Barry served as chief of staff to former House Speaker John Boehner. He also served as Speaker Boehner’s first chief of staff from 1991 through 2001. Barry served as executive director of the House Republican Conference during Speaker Boehner’s tenure as chairman, as well as executive director of the Contract with America, the campaign which vaulted Republicans into the House majority for the first time in four decades.

In between his stints in Congress, Barry served in the White House of President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, managing the White House offices of Political Affairs, Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Initiatives.

Currently, Barry currently serves or has served as board member of the National Endowment for Democracy; the Consortium of Catholic Academies; the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Iowa School of Journalism; the American Action Network; and the Bastion Institute. He currently chairs the American Australian Council and was appointed by President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama to serve as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


  • Government Relations

    • Congressional Oversight & Investigations

    • Financial Services

    • Strategic Advisory Services

Insights & Publications



  • B.A., 1983, University of Iowa

Community Involvement


Board Member, American Action Network

Trustee, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Director, National Endowment for Democracy

Director, Consortium of Catholic Academies

Professional Advisory Board Member, University of Iowa School of Journalism

President, American Australian Council

Engage America



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