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We provide second-to-none strategic counsel to help you confidently navigate any challenge on the horizon. With more than 50 years of combined experience mitigating and managing issues and advocating for policy change at the highest levels, our team offers unrivaled expertise in public affairs, media relations, professional crisis management, litigation communications and crisis preparation.

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Jeff Eller

Jeff Eller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to clients in the areas of US politics and litigation, crisis management and crisis preparedness. He is the founder of The Jeff Eller Group based in Austin, Texas.

Throughout his career Jeff has orchestrated the media, lobbying and communications strategies for multiple leading corporations in high-profile crisis situations, including the Firestone tire recall and the GM ignition switch issue.

His political savvy is second to none and his multifaceted strategies for mitigating issues and advocating for policy change have proven successful time and time again. Eller’s instincts are strong and his connections are deep, which enables him to navigate clients through crises of all kinds, including those that bleed over borders.

 

“Eller may, in fact, be the most linked, multiplexed, plugged-in human being on the planet — or at least in politics.”
- Forbes ASAP

 

Before founding his own firm, Eller served as the chairman of Public Strategies Inc., which he joined in 1994. During his time at Public Strategies, he led the company’s campaigns group, was promoted to president and CEO in 2006, and to vice chairman in 2009. He coordinated the Public Strategies team that handled the communications and public affairs counseling for a private equity buyout of a major energy company.

Eller began working for then-Governor Clinton in December 1991; first as Florida state campaign director, and then as political communications director for the national campaign. He has been involved in numerous congressional and Senate campaigns, and worked for two members of Congress. Serving in the Clinton White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of media affairs, Eller oversaw all regional and specialty media relations, as well as radio and television services.

Prior to these political roles, Eller was an award-winning television and radio journalist.

Today, Jeff Eller serves on the boards of latakoo, Zignal Labs, and The Texas Tribune. He is also a past board member for UsAgainstAlzheimers.

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Tim Tessin

Tim Tessin has 16 years of experience providing media, policy, and political monitoring and analysis to clients in the public accounting, financial services, pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefit management, aerospace, chemical, and automotive sectors.

Prior to joining the Jeff Eller Group, Tim owned his own consulting firm, T2 Policy Intelligence, LLC. Previously, he was Vice President at Research+Data Insights, a subsidiary of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He served in a similar capacity at Public Strategies Inc. prior to its merger with H+K.

After receiving his B.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a Research Fellow and then Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.

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Elisabeth Rutledge

Elisabeth Rutledge combines strong strategic vision with seamless tactical planning to deliver nimble and results-oriented campaigns. In her work with the Jeff Eller Group, Elisabeth draws from 20 years of experience in advocacy communication, strategic message development, coalition management, campaign development and reputation management.

Elisabeth has worked with clients large and small to protect and enhance their brand equity and stakeholder relationships. Her clients have included some of the country’s best-known names in energy, health insurance, retail, private equity and transportation.

Before joining The Jeff Eller Group, Elisabeth was a senior vice president with Hill + Knowlton Strategies and a managing director at Public Strategies.

Previously, Elisabeth worked as a communications and grassroots-organizing consultant for clients nationwide, including a workers’ compensation reform group, a labor union, and Leadership America, a national women’s program.

Her first jobs were on political campaigns, performing press, field, and fundraising duties for several Congressional campaigns and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential bid.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in American Studies. Elisabeth is also a graduate of the Leadership Texas program.

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Suzanne Loranc

Suzanne Loranc has provided public affairs advice, litigation support and managed war rooms for clients across various industries. Suzanne brought her wealth of expertise to The Jeff Eller Group when she joined the team in 2014.

Suzanne began her career at Public Strategies, now part of Hill + Knowlton Strategies, where she focused on public affairs, third party outreach, issues analysis, and campaign coordination for corporate and non-profit clients.

As a vice president in the Corporate Advisory and Public Affairs practice groups of Hill + Knowlton Strategies through the end of 2013, Suzanne oversaw the firm’s public affairs team serving a Fortune 10 telecommunications company.

Suzanne managed war rooms for this client during two major FCC campaigns, a corporate merger campaign, and various state and local regulatory issues. She has worked on issues management campaigns for clients in the healthcare, insurance, and fireworks industries.

Most recently, Suzanne helped manage a war room for a U.S. automaker responding to a major safety recall. She is currently working with that client to create a holistic public policy campaign to continue their efforts in federal and state government outreach.

Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.