Jack O'Donnell


Jack O’Donnell is an expert in both Erie County and New York State politics and government. He has spent the majority of his life working in New York’s political scene.

Jack O'Donnell

An expert in New York State politics and government, Jack O’Donnell has been described as “immensely talented” and a “world class politico” by Senator Chuck Schumer. O’Donnell currently serves as Bolton St. Johns' Senior Vice President and Director of Communications.

Jack served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for United States Senator Chuck Schumer and as Regional Director (for Central and Western New York) for the State Comptroller. In these positions O’Donnell worked closely with—and on behalf of—local governments. This blend of state, federal, and local experience gives him a unique perspective on solving problems at every level of government.

O’Donnell served as Schumer’s State Representative to the Energy Committee and coordinated New York State Appropriation requests. He was a “Senior Policy Advisor” to the State Comptroller, specializing in Economic Development issues.

O’Donnell’s extensive experience in politics includes campaigns for former President Bill Clinton, Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, numerous statewide and congressional campaigns as well as many local campaigns.

Jack is a regular contributor to political programming on both radio and television, including Your News Now (YNN), Time Warner’s Buffalo-based 24-hour cable news network and Capitol Tonight, a news and current affairs program broadcasted statewide. He is frequently quoted in the press including the New York Times, Albany Times Union, and Buffalo News among other publications.

O’Donnell serves as an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College where he lectures on the United States Constitution. He has been honored as a rising leader by both Buffalo’s Business First and Albany’s The Capitol, receiving their prestigious “Forty Under 40” awards. He is the author of Bitten By The Tiger, the true story of the only Governor to be impeached in New York State History, William Sulzer.

Jack is a graduate of Canisius College and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He is the founder of Transplant Miracles Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to transplant recipients and their families, and is actively involved with Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS). He also serves as President of the Buffalo Police Foundation and on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse.

Mr. O’Donnell and his wife Marina divide their time between Buffalo and New York City.