Jonathan Friedland

Board Member

Octagonal Hall LLC

Jonathan Friedland is the founder of Octagonal Hall LLC, which advises companies on how to rapidly scale up their global brand marketing, communications and public policy teams.

Previously, Jonathan was Chief Communications Officer for Netflix, as it grew from a primarily domestic DVD company to a global streaming giant with over 200 million members in 190 countries and SVP Corporate Communications at the Walt Disney Co. He was also the co-founder and Managing Editor of Diarios Rumbo, a chain of Spanish-language newspapers in Texas and worked for over 20 years as a journalist and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and The Far Eastern Economic Review in Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Tokyo.

Jonathan graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc (Econ) and from Hampshire College with a BA in Development Economics. He was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the events on 9/11 and has twice won Inter-American Press Association awards for his reporting in Latin America. Jonathan has been on the board of TreePeople for 12 years and is completing his arboriculture certificate at UCLA.