Jason Jeunnette’s career in lighting got off to an early start, beginning when he was in high school and joined the backstage crew at a local community theatre where his father volunteered.
“That’s when I first saw how lighting can transform a space and help tell a story. From there, I knew I wanted to work in lighting, and that journey has taken me halfway around the world and through almost all areas of the lighting industry,” he says, adding that “since finishing graduate school, I’ve wanted to make more of an impact on lighting and the world.”
With 25 years of lighting industry experience and a Master’s Degree in Architectural Lighting from Parsons The New School of Design and a Bachelor’s in Lighting Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jason came to the DLC in 2022. His role as DLC’s Technical Manager for Building Integration and Controls is informed by two decades of work as an architectural and theatrical lighting designer in New York City, with a focus on lighting controls.
Just prior to joining the DLC, Jason was Director of Lighting at a sales agency focused on distributor and contractor markets – a job that gave him a view into the DLC’s technical requirements and qualified products lists. When a position came up at the DLC, he “jumped at the opportunity to join an organization that helps move an entire industry.” Jason says he especially appreciates the DLC’s emphasis on stakeholder engagement.
“We collect information and perspectives from a wide variety of people in different positions. Every time I speak to someone, I come away from the conversation with new thoughts and ideas that make the programs I am working on better,” he says.
When he’s not honing those programs, Jason enjoys skiing and volunteering as a Cub Scout den leader. He’s also working on convincing at least one of his kids to help him with a unique and ambitious clean energy project: “I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to convert a vintage sports car to electric power with me,” he says.