Jonathan Brecht was born and educated in New York City. He is a graduate of Manhattan College (BA, History) and New York University (MBA, Finance). Upon graduation from college, Jonathan entered the US Foreign Service and was stationed in Washington, DC and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He subsequently returned to New York, obtained his MBA, and has worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in private wealth management for over 22 years. He primarily advises individuals and small businesses in the service industries, arts and professions on a range of financial, banking and investment issues. Jonathan and his wife Paula bought their house at 269 Warren Street in 1996 and have gradually restored the property. Their daughters, Natasha and India, currently attend the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Jonathan is also active in 2 non-partisan foreign affairs organizations, the Middle East Institute and the Foreign Policy Association.