Jonathan Pelto is an adjunct professor teaching a range of courses on American Government and Politics, American Political Movements, and Political Communications. He regularly teaches at Quinnipiac University, the University of Florida, and Connecticut’s Community Colleges. In 2021, Professor Pelto was extremely proud to join the teaching at Guidance College.
Following a decade as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he held the position of Deputy Majority Leader, Pelto formed Connecticut’s first issue advocacy firm, providing a wide range of communication services, including polling and message development, earned media, television and radio ads, direct mail, and a variety of tactics aimed at educating, persuading, and mobilizing targeted audiences.
Over his professional career, he has served as a communication strategist, investigative journalist, political researcher, and public education advocate.
Pelto has managed or held senior campaign positions with national, state, and local candidates, including running three gubernatorial campaigns in Connecticut. He also served as the Connecticut Democratic Party’s Political Director for six years.
Pelto holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communications from George Washington University.
- Master’s Degree, Strategic Communications, George Washington University
- Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
- Masters of Arts with Distinction- Major: Arabic, Minor: English- Osmania University Hyderabad, India
- B.A in Public Policy, University of Connecticut