Architect of the Satellite Sentinel Project
Jonathan Hutson, Principal at Global Media Max, served as the architect of George Clooney’s Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, the world’s first early warning system for human rights and human security. He forged a series of SSP partnerships that included Google, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, DigitalGlobe (now Maxar), and Internet strategy firm Trellon. He built a network of confidential sources on the ground in Sudanese conflict zones where the U.N., reporters, and humanitarian groups could not go. The pairing of remote satellite image-gathering capacity with on-the-ground reporting and camerawork created unprecedented documentation of mass graves and atrocities that reached the highest levels of government, the U.N. Security Council, and the International Criminal Court, and were reported and broadcast around the world.
Other High-Profile Successes
In addition, Jonathan has overseen strategic communications for a number of world-class organizations and causes:
- The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he co-authored Kony’s Ivory: How Elephant Poaching in Congo Helps Support the Lord’s Resistance Army
- Stier Forward’s #ISurvivedEbola, a multi-media campaign that placed Ebola survivor stories at the center of efforts to inform, protect, and inspire
- Physicians for Human Rights, where he generated domestic and international media attention for Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by U.S. Personnel and Its Impact
- Public Justice, a national, public interest law firm that pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses
- The Western Justice Center Foundation and a first-of-its kind public/private partnership with AOL, Dialogues Online: Racial Healing in Your Hometown
- The Center for Living Democracy, where he co-authored Bridging the Racial Divide: Interracial Dialogue in America
- Thumbtack has recognized Jonathan for two years in a row with its Thumbtack Best of 2016 award for social media marketing.
Former Journalist with a Law Degree
Jonathan Hutson is a former journalist whose investigations into racketeering have led to a toxic waste dump clean-up in Harrison, New York, paid for by the polluters; and to a landmark case upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette, Inc. v. American Coalition of Life Activists.
He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and brings many years of experience working with attorneys on how to communicate more effectively about impact litigation and complex legal and policy issues.
Jonathan is a PFLAG member and passionate advocate for human rights, including LGBTQ rights, transgender equality, and reproductive freedom. He is also a proponent of wildlife conservation. He has researched, written, and spoken about how to save Africa’s wild elephants from poachers funded by transnational organized crime.