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Jesse Scinto

Deputy Program Director; Founder/CEO of Public Sphere

Jesse Scinto has been involved with the Strategic Communication program for more than 10 years, as a student, lecturer, and now Deputy Program Director. He’s also the Founder/CEO of Public Sphere, a leadership communication firm. Jesse has appeared on Bloomberg TV, and his work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

In 2018, Jesse received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to teach at the American University in Bulgaria. His project, “Communication for Commerce and the Common Good,” focused on the ethical use of persuasion in business and journalism.

A longtime member of Toastmasters, the public speaking and leadership organization, Jesse regularly writes for the magazine and has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award for outstanding leadership, communication, and service. He’s active in community outreach, participating in programs for Harlem Children’s Zone, mentoring emerging professionals, and guest lecturing at neighboring institutions. 

Prior to launching Public Sphere, Jesse spent two decades at leading agencies (FCB, Ogilvy & Mather, Harrison & Star). He was also once a professional saxophonist, touring with well-known blues artists and performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Chicago Blues Festival.

Jesse lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with his partner, Diane, and felines Lucky and Moose. 


  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Chicago


The Secrets of the Best Public Speakers (Fast Company)
Is Anybody Listening? (Stanford Social Innovation Review)