Jeff Berkowitz, CEO
Recognized by Politico as “an opposition research and policy ace,” Jeff Berkowitz is CEO of Delve, a competitive intelligence firm providing breakthrough insights for winning causes in the political, policy, and business arenas. Prior to founding Delve and its predecessor firm, Berkowitz Public Affairs, Berkowitz led research and messaging operations for The White House, Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee, the U.S. Department of State, and several prominent private sector and non-profit organizations. His work as a well-regarded strategist led one prominent political reporter to declare, “Berkowitz plays chess while his opponents play checkers … his depth of political knowledge is rare, even in a town like Washington.”
Berkowitz served three tours at the RNC under four chairmen in five election cycles, serving as Research Director on his final tour. In that capacity, he oversaw all policy and legislative analysis and candidate and opposition research by the Party. He also provided strategic guidance on messaging and communications to national and state party officials. His work at the RNC helped shape public opinion on Obamacare, the 2009 economic stimulus package, financial regulatory reform, two Supreme Court nominations, and a range of other political and policy issues in the lead up to the historic successes of the 2010 midterm elections.
Berkowitz has worked on numerous campaigns at the federal, state, and local level throughout the country, including Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, where he served as Deputy Communications Director and Research Director. For President Bush’s re-election, he served as Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Analyst for the RNC and Bush-Cheney 2004.
Berkowitz was the Associate Director for Research in The White House Office of Scheduling, where he oversaw 90% of the research on the operational side of The White House. He also spearheaded community outreach on critical policy initiatives as the President’s Liaison to the Jewish Community.
Berkowitz served at the U.S. Department of State as an advisor on international information programs and public-private partnerships for Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Karen Hughes. At the department, he developed innovative programs utilizing creative media technologies (TV, Radio, and Internet) to reach strategically important foreign audiences.
Berkowitz served as Communications Director for the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he led media efforts for the Center’s bipartisan Impact ’08 initiative co-chaired by former Reagan Defense Sec. Frank Carlucci and former Clinton Sec. of State Madeleine Albright. Impact ’08 successfully engaged key opinion leaders in support of increased U.S. investments in global health and development tools during the 2008 presidential election. He also developed the re-branding strategy for the Center when it became part of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
His other private sector and non-profit work has included an energy trade association seeking increased competition in electricity and natural gas markets and several think tanks.
Berkowitz currently serves on the board of the America’s Future Foundation, a nationwide network fostering the next generation of liberty-minded leaders. Additionally, he is a national coalition leader for Maverick PAC and a former member of the Young Leadership Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Berkowitz has lectured widely on political and policy issues and tactics, training political operatives and candidates for office in the U.S. and abroad for the Leadership Institute, the International Republican Institute, the RNC’s Campaign Management College, American University’s Campaign Management Institute, George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and other venues.
A resident of Washington, DC, Berkowitz attended American University’s School of International Service and is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He also holds a Certificate in Campaign Management from American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.