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David Axelrod

David Axelrod

Senior Strategist, 2012 Obama Re-election Campaign; Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2011); Director, University of Chicago, Institute of Politics
FEE RANGE: $35,000–$50,000 [FEE NOTE]
When President Obama chose a senior strategist to guide the strategy and communication efforts of his re-election campaign, he turned to his closest advisor, David Axelrod, who navigated his administration through the daunting challenges it faced during his first term in office. A respected journalist, political strategist and award-winning ad maker, Axelrod was the sage architect of Obama’s improbable four-year march from the Illinois State Senate to the White House, and again served as the mastermind in securing Obama’s second term in office. As senior advisor to the President, he was a key figure in shaping—and selling—the administration’s agenda and its significant legislative victories, including the economic stimulus program, health-care reform and financial regulator reform. From his unique vantage point, Axelrod analyzes the major issues of the day, the challenges that lie ahead in the President’s second term and reflects on the inspiring leadership lessons he has learned working alongside the President in turbulent times.