For almost five decades, Rick Jasculca has been a leader in the field of strategic communications and special events management, first as an executive of an independent Chicago-based public relations firm, and, since 1981, as Chairman of JT.
In his capacity as Chairman, Rick regularly contributes strategy and fresh thinking to the firm’s public affairs and event clients. He is also involved in most of the firm’s major national and international projects for a wide range of corporate and not-for-profit clients.
Recent client projects include The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table initiative, the Knight Foundation’s On the Table replication project in ten US markets, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) “Women and the Economy Summit,” the Experience America/Diplomatic Partnerships program for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Protocol, as well as a wide variety of special projects and assignments for The Carter Center and the Clinton Foundation.
Rick spearheaded a JT team of more than a dozen professionals who spent ten months in Little Rock quarterbacking the grand opening of the Clinton Presidential Center. Rick was also senior strategist and project coordinator for the five-year Declaration of Independence Road Trip, developed by television icon Norman Lear.
In terms of public policy, Rick is regularly involved in the development of strategies dealing with a wide range of pressing issues, including public education, health care, the environment and climate change, the challenges facing both multiemployer and public employee pension funds, civic engagement to address polarization, economic development, transportation, bridging the rural-urban divide – to name just a few. And, Rick is regularly engaged in projects requiring crisis and reputation management strategies, one of JT’s specialties.
Independent of his strategic communications career, Rick has twice served as a special consultant to The White House – first as both Press Lead and Advance Lead in the Carter White House, and then, for eight years as Senior Advance Lead for both President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In the latter capacity, Rick served as White House Project Coordinator for the 1994 Summit of the Americas in South Florida, the Wye River Middle East Peace Talks and the inaugural Save America’s Treasures Tour; Advance Lead for The President for the G-8 Summits in Naples, Italy-Birmingham, England-and Okinawa, Japan; and Advance Lead for many of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s international journeys, including her first solo overseas trip to India, as well as her historic 1995 speech at the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing.
Most memorable JT moment
Co-founder of Jasculca Termanξ
Senior counsel to The Chicago Community Trust and the Knight Foundationο
Leads special projects for The Carter Center and the Clinton Foundationς
Senior strategist and project coordinator for Norman Lear’s Declaration of Independence Road Tripν
Served as a special consultant to The White House under the Carter and Clinton administrationsω