Jason Cone is the Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. He was appointed executive director of the US section of MSF on June 1, 2015.
Jason has an extensive background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications. He assumes leadership of MSF-USA following 11 years with the organization, the last six-and-a-half as communications director. In his former role, he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns on issues ranging from the West African Ebola outbreak and Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. He has also conducted risk assessments and context analyses in South Sudan and Myanmar for MSF's Medical Care under Fire project.
Jason was named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s inaugural “40 Under 40” non-profit leaders list in 2016. PRWeek included him on its “Power List 2015.”
He has published papers in foreign policy journals on subjects ranging from attacks against humanitarian aid workers to the limits of humanitarian aid in easing the suffering of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to the role of social media in humanitarian action.
Jason speaks regularly on humanitarian issues, photo ethics, and crisis communications at international conferences.
During his tenure as communications director, the Harris Interactive polling firm ranked MSF as the top non-profit organization in the field of international aid in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Jason joined MSF in 2004, after working as a writer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an international women’s reproductive rights organization. Before joining the Center, he was a correspondent and editor at the Earth Times.
Jason graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in biology and government. He also attended the Transnational NGO Leadership Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.