David Axelrod began his career in politics in 1984 and is best known for his work as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and senior strategist for Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his re-election in 2012. He is currently director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and a senior political commentator for CNN.
As founder and senior partner of AKPD Message and Media from 1985 to 2008, Axelrod managed media strategy and communications for more than 150 campaigns, including Deval Patrick’s successful 2006 election as Massachusetts’ first Democratic governor in 16 years and the state’s first African-American governor. He was the chief strategist for Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2004.
Prior to entering politics, Axelrod was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where he covered national, state and local politics. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, which offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at American politics.
A native of New York City, Axelrod received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He has taught communication studies at Northwestern University and lectured on political media at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.