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.
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.
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.
Molly Byron is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago. As an intersectional feminist and communication professional, she finds culture and technological engagement exciting and dynamic. While having an active interest in advocating for progressive values, Molly is most passionate about women’s advocacy and improving public policies to ensure fairness and open opportunities. Molly also serves on the Steering Committee for the IL Council on Women and Girls.
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.
Scott Kennedy is a veteran of Illinois statewide campaigns, having worked on two Governor and two US Senate races, and is often cited as an expert on Illinois political matters. As a Senior Account Executive, he helps manage some of our complex-needs clients. As a hobby Scott built a web-based system that has become a go-to resource for Illinois campaign data and he is leveraging that experience to build information management tools for our firm and our clients.
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 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.
A proud Chicagoland native, Maggie graduated from Saint Louis University and was eager to return home to the Windy City to pursue a career in political media. She is excited to be working somewhere where people are energized and eager to elect progressive candidates. In her free time, Maggie enjoys watching the news and then going to yoga to lower her blood pressure.
Anastasia manages the Competitive Research operation at AL. Prior to joining AL, Anastasia was the Communications Director on a Illinois congressional race. She has experience in digital strategy, public relations, and on campaigns. Anastasia studied Economics and Political Communication at Northeastern University in Boston. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, checking out new restaurants, and debating the best La Croix flavors.
At an early age, Justin realized that politics was his calling because he understood more unites us more than divides us. Justin joined our Competitive team in 2018 where he tracks millions in competitor and allied spending, execute media plans, and develop good rapport with media and political officials to gain information for competitive races across the country. While at Western Illinois University where he received his Master’s in Public Administration/Public Policy, Justin worked and volunteered on numerous campaigns and nonprofit organizations. In his spare time, you will catch Justin in the nearest gym playing basketball or watching any sports team except the Cubs!
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.
Seito is part of the digital team at AL. He has worked with ambassadors and investigative journalists on foreign policy and public diplomacy. Although he studied international relations at Brown University, he regrets not pursuing religious studies and geography further. He religiously follows Japanese stand-up comedy and will officiate any wedding for good food. In his free time, he loves to cook while listening to podcasts at double speed.