Jeff Judson is an originator of political and policy movements, is a think tank fellow, and public policy consultant. The San Antonio Express News named him one of the most influential people in San Antonio. Idea movements are all around us and are changing our culture and our public policies.
The means of starting and influencing these movements is evolving rapidly, and inauthentic origins are often revealed.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in all facets of government, politics, and policy influence at the grassroots and corporate levels. He has worked on federal, state, and local issues with unique achievements at all levels based upon a keen understanding of what moves people to believe and be motivated to change policy, politics and culture.
His consultancy addresses federal, state, and municipal issues where he marshals the forces of academics, think tanks and grassroots advocacy groups working with corporations and trade associations to achieve their policy goals.
Jeff has worked in numerous corporate environments in a staff and consulting capacity. He worked at the insurance and financial services giant USAA reporting to the General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer, and the Chairman Emeritus while still in his 20s. As a consultant, he has represented a number of Fortune 500 clients including SBC/AT&T, USAA/State Farm/Nationwide/Farmers/Allstate/Chubb and others, KCI medical devices, Valero energy, the Associated General Contractors, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Credit Union National Association, and others. These roles have given him an understanding of successful -- and unsuccessful -- strategies of corporate influence, especially in comparison to other consultants.
The origin and influence of intellectual ideas lies at the core of all the most important national political and policy discussions. As such, Jeff has extensive experience in the national and state think tank movements, having served as President of the influential Texas Public Policy Foundation for eight years. Jeff built that institution into one of the most influential limited government, free market think tanks in the U.S. Texas newspapers termed it “the official think tank of the Texas Republican Party” given the popularity of its policy ideas among leading elected officials in the state. Jeff also served as a volunteer Senior Fellow and Board member of the Heartland Institute, a national think tank whose mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Heartland is the leading voice in the world for science-based climate realism.
Prior to his position at USAA, Jeff worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a special assistant to the late U.S. Senator John Tower, as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Tom Loeffler, as Chief Legislative Assistant to Congressman Tom DeLay, and as a political appointee, Congressional Liaison and press spokesman under President George H.W. Bush in the U.S. Department of Energy. At the Energy Department, he worked on nuclear defense issues, nuclear energy technology development, and the national energy strategy.
Jeff graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy, is an 8th generation Texan, born in San Antonio, and married since 1989 to his wife Margaret.