For Eric, politics was a family calling. After his future NFL career was dashed by the realization that he had everything but the skill, size, speed and talent to make it, he turned to his second passion inherited from his grandparents. His grandfather, a civic leader in 1960’s West Virginia, campaigned with Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. His grandmother, an Auschwitz survivor, insisted her grandchildren read TIME Magazine every week and use their opportunities to contribute to “our country that is truly free.”
Prior to starting the firm, Eric spent eleven years managing Democratic campaigns. At the age of 27, he served as State Director for the 1992 Clinton/Gore Campaign in Illinois, the first successful Democratic Presidential Campaign in Illinois since 1964.
Eric has appeared on WLS Radio’s Political Shootout, the nationally syndicated program Beyond the Beltway, the Nationally Syndicated WGN Steve Cochran Show and MSNBC.
He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College. He was selected a Greater Chicago Leadership Fellow in 1993 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Erikson Institute and the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves.
Ann Liston is a leading national media consultant who became interested in politics as an idealistic college student for three very important reasons; Beer. Boys. And pizza. (Not necessarily in that order.)
But in the 1992 election, as a precinct captain for the 43rd Ward in Chicago, Ann saw the decisive power that elections can have upon a changing nation – and upon a young woman looking to make a contribution in the world.
Since then, she’s been hooked. Hooked and dedicated to working to make our country’s elective bodies look more like the make-up of America.
To date, Ann has over twenty years of experience managing and consulting on competitive campaigns – from a well-heeled ward office to serving as a senior member of the media team on President Obama’s re-election, and everything in-between.
Her work in national politics includes serving in senior positions at EMILY’s List, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), The National Democratic Convention – Los Angeles, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Ann is professionally and personally committed to helping women and girls reach positions of power and leadership. She serves on the board of Girls in the Game and she is a board member of A Council for a Livable World.
Andy leads the digital practice at A|L Media and has been working in the online political space since 2004. His work helped win elections in more than 30 states and been recognized by numerous Reed and Pollie awards.
Andy has advised a number of large labor unions, Fortune 1000 companies, the DNC, DCCC, and EMILY’s List, in addition to non-profits such as Autism Speaks and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
He has been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, worked illegally as a bartender in one of London’s hottest clubs and graduated from the Colorado College, where he was both an above average student and skier. Andy is a fifth-generation Chicagoan who loves nothing more than taking in a Cubs game with his wife and two daughters.
Patrick brings a hands-on business approach and an impressive track record of financial and operational management to AL Media. In his position here as Chief Financial Officer, Patrick is instrumental in linking finance, technology and operations to streamline business processes and execute complex financial company initiatives. As a financial leader, Patrick’s focus is on strengthening the agency’s infrastructure and strategic capabilities to maximize performance, efficiency and cost-savings that will benefit our clientele. For nearly 20 years, Patrick has honed his financial expertise in the areas of Public Accounting, Financial Derivative Markets, Corporate Finance, Government and Non-Profits. Patrick currently holds an MBA with a focus in Advanced Accounting and is certified in Forensic Examination. In addition to these professional achievements, Patrick is also a classically trained French Chef and a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Josh got his start in the 2011 Wisconsin recalls and then served as campaign manager in Congressman Ami Bera’s historic 2012 upset over Dan Lungren. Since then, he’s been managing statewide races around the country. As a campaign manager, Josh has fought and won in primaries and generals, and run races for almost every elected office up and down the ticket. Fluent in Spanish and a lifelong tortured Orioles fan, Josh worked on the critically acclaimed documentary “Pelotero: Ballplayer” before embarking on a career in politics.
Since 2012, Alison has run our production department during our busiest cycles to date and has helped produced award-winning spots for top tier races. She started in television news as an anchor and reporter before going behind the scenes to write and produce documentary television programs for national cable networks including CNBC, The National Geographic Channel, and Investigating Discovery. Alison graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism.
Miles took the reins of our competitive research and media-buying department in 2014, tracking spending and placing television and radio buys in competitive races across the country. His past experience includes working on campaigns in Chicago and as district staff for an Assistant Majority Leader of the Illinois House. Miles is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Since joining AL Media in early 2014, Jake has helped to conceive, execute, and manage digital ad programs across a variety of online channels and social media networks. He has close to a decade of experience in the digital space, including various roles at sports retailer FansEdge.com and a high profile Internet start-up. Jake is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. In his spare time Jake likes checking Twitter and rooting for every Chicago sports team except the White Sox.
Joseph’s experience incorporates both production and post-production. He’s been a part of the AL Crew for the 2014 & 2016 political cycles and has assisted in finishing hundreds of spots for some of the biggest races in the country. He works as our head Online Editor; influencing the layout and visual outlook of our spots. Joseph graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Digital Cinema.