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.
Alison leads the creative and production teams at A|L Media. She manages ideas, people, projects, budgets, timelines and handles it all with a lot of coffee and a bit of wizardry. Alison started in television news as a reporter and anchor before going behind the camera to write and produce shows for national cable networks including The History Channel, CNBC, and National Geographic. Since being at A|L she’s produced award-winning ads for top tier races and assembled a talented team that continues to raise the bar in producing high quality content for A|L clients. A University of Kansas grad, Ali’s an avid Jayhawk fan. She likes a day on the slopes or a day at the beach, and loves spending time with her husband and daughter.
Josh directed the media efforts for several top tier races including Fred Hubbell for Governor in Iowa and Katie Hobbs’ upset victory for Secretary of State in Arizona. Before joining AL, Josh served as Campaign Manager on some of the nation’s most competitive campaigns. Josh is also Founder/CEO of Warchest, a campaign budget application used by hundreds of Democrats across the country. 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. When he’s not on a shoot, you can find Josh perfecting his homemade sourdough.
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.
Madeline is an Account Executive at AL, working with clients on campaign and messaging strategy. She is an alum of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s runoff campaign and the 2018 DCCC, where she worked with Red-to-Blue campaigns on all things digital. She was a reporter at Politico in Washington and in various regional newsrooms before entering politics, studied history and sociology at Harvard, and also enjoys Twitter.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Krissy dove head first into the world of documentary and reality television production. She has cast, produced, and written popular series for major cable networks including MSNBC, A&E, National Geographic Channel, HGTV, and TLC. Driven by a strong curiosity for meeting new characters, Krissy enjoys dreaming up how to best translate their unique stories and perspectives into a visual medium. Outside of the office, Krissy is a competitive powerlifter and a dog-mom to two perfect pups. Go ‘Cats!
Zach Gregory serves as AL Media’s Creative Director, directing and developing creative original content. His work has garnered multiple awards and premiered in festivals around the country. He honed his skills working as a cinematographer and colorist before ultimately moving into Directing and Design where he has worked in filming promotional products, experimental music videos, and narrative shorts.
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.
Noah began his political career by driving in President Obama’s motorcade, and promptly thought he had ended that career when he smashed up the car he was driving. He has not driven in any more motorcades, but he has since managed, organized, and fundraised on competitive races at the state and federal levels. Before joining A|L, Noah worked on the DCCC’s Independent Expenditure to help net 40 Democratic House seats in 2018. He enjoys any opportunity for experimentation and innovation in how we communicate, coaching emerging leaders and staffers, and treating most interactions with strangers as mini-focus groups (to the dismay of plane and bus seatmates, barbers, and Lyft drivers everywhere).
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.
Stephanie got her chops working on narrative feature films, documentaries and travel shows before becoming a political media producer. Her other work includes not only producing but directing, writing, and show running. Some of her projects include but are not limited to; One Day Two Legends, a full length documentary and UPM for One Small Hitch, a feature film. She also served as show runner for Pedal America, a PBS travel series. She is very proud to serve as a Board Member for Women In Film Chicago. As a former bartender, she was the first woman to hold the title of “Chicago’s Best Bartender in Chicago”.
Born with a strong Midwestern work ethic, and raised on Southern charm, Jonathan moved to Chicago to attend film school at Columbia College. It was at Columbia that Jonathan discovered his gift for creative design, his love of short form narratives and his haunted cardboard box. Since becoming a full time freelancer, Jonathan has made friends at studios across the city but none as warm as those at AL. Sharing insightful stories through engaging visuals is a trademark of AL and is a tradition that he is proud to carry on. Jonathan lives in the city with a loving dog “Buffy” and a vengeful stunt-goldfish named “Fredrick II”. An internationally published poet, he has a love for strong coffee, notebooks and his mother.
As the only Gen Z’er at AL Media, Ariel Smith prides herself on already being in the habit of reading local and national newspapers each morning, not just Twitter and Facebook. Ariel has studied policy and the political system in the United States not only through independent research and projects at Syracuse University, but also through previous political experience working for the JB Pritzker for Governor campaign as an Organizing Intern. The gritty ground-work of political campaigning on top of the countless hours of primary research conducted on American government affairs further expanded her knowledge of the interrelationship between public relations and the news or current events. For this reason, she has joined AL Media as the Assistant Account Executive. She aims to use the power of media to make different organizations, ideas, and people matter.
Liz told herself she would never work in politics. Until she volunteered on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and quickly realized she does believe in hope and change. Needless to say, she’s largely worked in politics ever since. Tl;dr: Liz has been a campaign operative (2008 Obama Campaign); a press operative and Communications Director in federal and local government, respectively (U.S. Department of Education > Chicago Public Schools); a policy and messaging strategist (Kennedy for Illinois); and is now a media-firm maven (SP Media/Lightfoot for Chicago Mayor 2019 > AL Media). She loves to travel, speaks French, and spends an inordinate amount of time watching puppy videos on social media.
At an early age, Justin realized that politics was his calling because he understood more unites us 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!
After growing up in a small business Shad became obsessed with learning how politics can make our economy work better for Main Streets across the country. At the University of Utah, Shad studied Political Science, Business Management, and Communication and has always enjoyed applying an interdisciplinary approach to understand the American political landscape. While competing with the John R. Park Debate Society at the University of Utah Shad earned two international championship titles and was recognized as an Academic All American. Shad has worked as a field organizer in three congressional campaigns and has volunteered to manage city council, county commission, and state legislative races in Utah.
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.