Director, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago
David Axelrod is a 35-year veteran of American politics and journalism. Prior to political consulting, Axelrod worked as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns. Axelrod most recently served as Senior Strategist to President Obama's successful re-election campaign. He also served in that role in Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, before serving as Senior Advisor to the President. After the 2012 campaign, Axelrod founded the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics to help inspire and train the next generation of leaders.