Jason D. Jesso

Chief Executive Officer
When I was a junior in high school, I began to spend much of my time outside and in nature. Around the same time, I discovered that I could combine my love of the outdoors with a career in Landscape Architecture.

Prior to working at Gateway, I was a Landscape Designer for two independent architecture and engineering firms in Pittsburgh where I cut my teeth and learned how to combine design and engineering into a single solution.

When I joined Gateway, I learned quickly that I could create my future – it was completely in my control – and Gateway would support me as long as I continued to grow and apply my talents and what I had learned. It was through this process that I realized I enjoyed leadership and designing more than just landscapes, but the future of Gateway as an organization.

Today, as CEO, I establish, implement, and communicate the vision of the organization, both internally and externally. I have a senior title here, but I am just one of almost 200 team members dedicated to our core foundations of People, Projects, and Purpose. Similar to my relationship with my own children, I learn from, as much I share with my colleagues, and am humbled by what we have achieved together. I am excited by and look forward to sharing our very bright future.

I still love the outdoors and you can find me golfing, cycling, skiing, hiking, and traveling with my family. Regardless of where I am, I am always listening and learning how to be better: as a teammate, a leader, a husband, a Dad and as a human.


BS, Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
MBA, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA
Certificate, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Katz School of Business University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP)– 1287843

Professional Affiliations

Board of Directors – Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
American Society of Landscape Architects - Member
Former Vice President of Western Pa / Delaware Chapter -Project Management Institute