Jonathan Hoffman

Vice President for Communications and Marketing
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Jonathan Hoffman has more than twenty years of experience in communications, government, business and law. He has demonstrated expertise in national defense and homeland security policies and programs, public affairs, crisis communications and government relations. Mr. Hoffman recently served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs - the head of communications for the Department of Defense (DoD). In this role he was responsible for DoD strategic communications planning and public affairs execution, was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all public relations and crisis communications issues and was the chief Pentagon spokesman.

Prior to joining the DoD, Mr. Hoffman served in a similar role at the Department of Homeland Security as the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Public Affairs. As the Assistant Secretary, Mr. Hoffman also served as the Emergency Support Function-15 (External Affairs) coordinator for the entire Federal Government in times of national crisis. Previously, Mr. Hoffman served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at DHS, and as the Director of International Programs and Border Security Policy at the White House.

In the private sector, Mr. Hoffman has advised dozens of public, private, government and non- profit sector clients on a variety of government relations and public affairs issues. Prior to his recent civil service, he served as an adjunct professor of Homeland Security at the Citadel and of Military Justice at the Charleston School of Law. He was a co-founder at two start-ups – a politics focused social media platform and a public sentiment data analytics SaaS provider. In his role as a lawyer, Mr. Hoffman practiced corporate litigation at a large international law firm in New York City and served as an Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of State. He is currently a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia School of Law.

He is a recipient of both the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the Secretary of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.