Buzz Jacobs is an entrepreneur with significant experience at the highest levels of politics and government. He is the Co-Founder of Strategic Storytelling Company, a creative agency which helps select people, companies, and nonprofits tell their stories through highly-creative, technology-driven, results-focused advertising campaigns.
Jacobs held senior positions in two presidential campaigns, serving as the Southeast U.S. Regional Campaign Manager for John McCain for President and as a Senior Advisor to Marco Rubio for President. He has developed and implemented political and business strategies, written and produced commercials and videos, and managed communications and other campaigns for a wide variety of business and political clients nationwide, including Lockheed Martin, Americans for Prosperity, Congressional Leadership Fund, Republican National Committee, and dozens of Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and lower ballot campaigns. He served as the Massachusetts State Director for John McCain's 2000 Presidential campaign.
Jacobs' work has directly contributed to electoral victories of candidates at all levels - from President to the State House - and helped numerous campaigns and issue advocacy organizations win elections and achieve their strategic goals. Among the political victories Jacobs most values is directing John McCain's come-from-behind victory in the 2008 South Carolina presidential primary and helping Lt. General Jack Bergman (USMC-RET) become the highest-ranking military veteran ever elected to the United States Congress.
Throughout his career, Jacobs has undertaken various roles for other candidates and the Republican Party, including former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Richard Shelby, former Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus, former Alabama Governor Fob James, and former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor. He served as Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, on the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee, and was a candidate for Chairman of the College Republican National Committee.
Jacobs served as a member of President George W. Bush's White House staff for three years, first working in the West Wing as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and then as the Director of Immigration Security Policy and Associate Director of Border and Transportation Security Policy. As a member of the National/Homeland Security Council staff, Jacobs helped shape homeland security policy at the highest levels of the U.S. government. He worked on numerous classified and unclassified initiatives to counter terrorism, enhance security along U.S. borders, strengthen immigration enforcement, and protect the United States transportation system. While at the White House, Jacobs chaired numerous interagency Working Group meetings with senior executives from across government, helped lead Assistant-Secretary-level Policy Coordinating Committee meetings, and attended numerous Deputy-Secretary-level Deputies Committee meetings. He played an integral role in the deployment of U.S. National Guard troops to the U.S. Southwest Border in 2006 and worked closely with senior White House officials on immigration reform initiatives. Jacobs also negotiated the security aspects of the trilateral Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canada and Mexico, announced by President Bush, the President of Mexico, and Prime Minister of Canada in 2005.
Prior to joining the Homeland Security Council staff, Jacobs served in the Director's Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While at the FBI, Jacobs worked with, and advised senior executives, including leaders of the Cyber, Security, and Counterintelligence divisions, and those leading FBI-wide reengineering initiatives after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Jacobs holds a Master in Public Policy (International Security Policy) from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The University of Alabama.