Senior Campaign Strategist and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
David Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and senior strategist to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Axelrod also co-founded AKPD Message and Media, a political consulting firm. In that capacity, he managed media strategy and communications for more than 150 local, state, and national campaigns, with a focus on progressive candidates and causes. In 2004, when Obama was a member of the Illinois State Senate, Axelrod helped him win his US Senate campaign. Before entering politics in 1984, Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Active in charitable work in Chicago, Axelrod has supported Special Olympics and Misericordia. In 1998, he and his wife, Susan, helped found Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), which has raised over $15 million so far for scientists searching for a cure. Axelrod currently serves as a senior strategist to President Obama’s reelection campaign.