Jeff Nesbit


Jeff Nesbit, Cofounder and Managing Director of OakTara ( has written 25 inspirational and commercially successful novels for publishing houses, including his latest blockbusters, Jude, Peace, and Oil, as well as coauthored The Worthington Destiny Series with Dr. Kevin Leman (Book 1: A Perfect Ambition, 2015; Book 2: A Powerful Secret, 2016; A Primary Ambition, 2016) for publishing houses such as David C. Cook, Revell, Tyndale, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, WaterBrook/Random House, Hodder & Stoughton, Guideposts, and others. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Poison Tea (Thomas Dunne Books, Macmillan, 2016).

Jeff Nesbit was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies (the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration) in two GOP administrations and the Obama administration, as well as former Vice President Dan Quayle’s communications director at the White House. He was also a journalist with Knight-Ridder Newspapers, ABC News’ Satellite News Channels, and others. He was once profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal as one of the seven people who ended the Tobacco Wars.

For nearly 15 years, Nesbit launched and managed a successful strategic communications business whose clients and projects represented more than 100 national clients, such as the Discovery Channel networks, Yale University, the American Heart Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

While at the National Science Foundation, where he directed both legislative and public affairs in the Bush and Obama administrations, Nesbit was the co-creator of the Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Learn and NBC Sports, which won the 2010 Sports Emmy for best original sports programming, as well as The Science of Speed, a novel video series partnership with the NASCAR Media Group.

Jeff is the Executive Director for Climate Nexus and writes a popular weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report called “At the Edge” (