Jon Gubera – Principal – (jon@guberapublicaffairs.com)

Jon Gubera, PrincipalJon has worked with the Indiana General Assembly, Governor’s office and administrative agencies since 2009. He is highly regarded for his integrity, advocacy skills, strategic planning and execution of client goals on legislative, regulatory and budget issues.

Prior to forming Gubera Public Affairs, LLC, Jon served for three years as the Senior Director of Government Relations for the Midwest region for The College Board, covering Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Over that tenure he demonstrated tremendous success and was recognized with the highest merit award (top 5%) from the company for each of his three years of service.

Jon started his public affairs career in 2007 with the DCI Group, LLC in Washington DC. At the DCI Group he gained intimate knowledge of the budget process working with the government affairs team primarily on securing federal appropriations for universities and other state entities. In 2008 he moved to Indiana to serve in the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and eventually with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) where he gained invaluable experience and knowledge of the inner workings of state government.

At IDOE, Jon was the Director for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Dual Credit and built the nation’s first ever school-level statewide AP success model. During his tenure Indiana had the second highest increase in the nation for AP success. Throughout his tenure he worked extensively with the Indiana General Assembly and the Governor’s office on education policy initiatives. As the Associate Commissioner for Policy at ICHE he led their college and career ready initiatives and supported the budget and financial aid processes for higher education in the legislature.

Before the government affairs world, Jon perfected his skills of patience and persuasion as a high school teacher for ten years.

Jon has degrees in Political Science from Knox College (B.A.) and American Government from Georgetown University (M.A). He resides in Indianapolis with his family. 

Zack Sand – Senior Associate – (zack@guberapublicaffairs.com)

Zack Sand joined Gubera Public Affairs (GPA) as a Senior Associate in 2021. He supports and helps manage the firm’s client services, advocacy efforts and business development.  

He has worked in numerous governmental roles at the local, state, and federal levels of government. His experience in successfully running political campaigns and working on the official side of government has conditioned Sand to thrive under pressure, build strong relationships, develop strategic planning and execution in a professional manner. 

Zack started his government affairs career in 2016 as an intern for a U.S. Congressman which led to another internship with the Indiana Senate Majority. After the internship with the State Senate, he served as Field Director with the Indiana Senate Majority Campaign Committee (SMCC). During that time, he successfully managed campaigns for the 2018 Midterm election cycle. This experience sharpened his skills on the campaign trail by developing strategy, fundraising, and grassroots advocacy. 

From 2018-2020 he served as a Legislative Assistant to two State Senators in the majority caucus. At the Indiana State Senate, he gained invaluable knowledge of the legislative process across all subject matters, most notably in budget appropriations, education, environmental matters, finance, and health care.  

Prior to joining GPA, Zack served as the Government Affairs Director of Allen County, Indiana from 2020-2021. During that time, he led the efforts in defeating and passing critical legislation including securing support from the Indiana General Assembly for economic development projects in Allen County, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Formally, from Warsaw, Zack worked in health care for Tecomet and Parkview Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. He is a graduate from the Leadership Fort Wayne program and of the Indiana Leadership Forum where he also serves as a Board Member. Zack calls Fort Wayne, Indiana home where he is a practicing home chef and enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and everything on the snow or water. 

Alex Downard – Associate – (alex@guberapublicaffairs.com)

Alex Downard joined Gubera Public Affairs (GPA) as an Associate in 2021. He supports the firm’s operations, client services, association management, business development, and advocacy efforts.  

Alex attended Manchester University where he studied Political Science and Business, played quarterback for the football team, served as the president of student government, and worked all four years in various roles and internships. 

In 2020, he interned in government affairs for an Indianapolis firm, and supported economic development for Grow Wabash County – a local economic development organization.

Post graduation, Alex worked in business development for a plan-design-build firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He spent the last eighteen months cultivating relationships in the public and private sectors throughout Indiana. 

Alex has volunteered and worked for campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Additionally, Downard serves on two nonprofit boards in Northeast Indiana and is a member of the local Rotary Chapter. In his free time, he enjoys getting involved throughout his community of Wabash County, attending concerts or sporting events with friends, and spending time with his new nephew, Jax.