Jon brings 7 years of working to build coalitions with government, private sector, and civil society pursuing market and urban service reforms in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Vriens & Partners, Jon worked as program manager for the Asia Foundation’s Urban Services program in Cambodia. The program was run under the Foundation’s Program Strategy, Innovation, and Learning unit that focused on “doing development differently”, “thinking and working politically”, and iterative, adaptive program design using a dynamic theory of change. The program strived to find solutions to complex, nuanced development problems that were technically sound and politically possible.
Before moving to Cambodia to initiate the Urban Services program Jon spent 4 years in the Philippines as part of the Asia Foundation’s Economic Reform and Development Entrepreneurship team working on strategy development, recruitment, team building, and policy analysis. The team participated or initiated several successful major economic and public service reforms during his time there including implementing the Residential Free Patent law to increase land titling in the Philippines, the Sin Tax reform to increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol and fund universal healthcare, air liberalization and the Secondary International Gateways policy, and tourism road infrastructure.
Jon is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in economics.