Jon Bellish

Director - Future Labs/Strategic Advisor

As Director of OEF's Future Labs Department, Jon leads a team that develops and validates new program ideas, identifies and onboards program directors, and designs program strategies. Additionally, Jon leads the administration of OEF’s Board of Directors and program Advisory Boards, manages OEF’s legal issues through outside legal counsel, and provides strategic guidance to OEF senior leadership. Prior to his role at the Foundation level, Jon was a Project Officer with OEF's Oceans Beyond Piracy program in charge of legal issues related to maritime piracy and the provision of private security services at sea. Before joining OEF, Jon worked in advertising and public relations in Jackson, Mississippi. He has a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an M.B.A. from Millsaps College. He is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law and a Fellow at the Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law.