|Name Eric Sedler|
|Occupation Managing Partner at ASGK Public Strategies|
Awards Silver Anvil Award (Public Relations Society of America), Silver Trumpet Award (Publicity Club of Chicago)
Alma mater University of Illinois
Eric Sedler is a managing partner and founder of Kivvit, formerly ASGK Public Strategies, a public affairs and communications firm with offices in Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, New York and Washington D.C. Kivvit provides communications planning, message development, media relations and content production services to major companies, industry associations, law firms, non-profits, government agencies and advocacy organizations.
- Early life
- Early career
- ASGK Public Strategies
- Prominent Campaigns
- Notable Clients
- Personal life
Sedler co-founded Kivvit with former White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod. At Kivvit, Sedler has worked on a variety of high-profile projects with clients in major industries including telecommunications, energy, financial services, health care, entertainment and land use. However, before entering the communications management field, Sedler spent nearly a decade working in the political and governmental world. As a leading member of the Issue Department for the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Sedler worked with House leadership and state legislators to develop communications programs to advance the caucus agenda.
Sedler is also the Vice President of West Loop Community Organization, which represents the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago on issues of central concern for the community.
Sedler was born in 1968 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His father, Robert A. Sedler, is a distinguished professor at Wayne State University Law School, in Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches courses like Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. His mother, Rozanne Sedler, has long been an advocate for the rights and needs of the elderly at the local, state and federal levels, and she has given legislative testimony on the conditions in nursing homes.
Prior to co-founding Kivvit, Sedler was an executive at AT&T where he managed public relations offices in Chicago, Atlanta and Miami covering a fourteen-state region in the central and southeastern United States. Earlier employment experience included time at Edelman Public Relations working in the Reputation Management practice, where he directed media and public affairs campaigns. Before entering the field of public affairs, Sedler spent nearly a decade working in politics and government, including working for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
ASGK Public Strategies
In 2002, Sedler left AT&T to join political strategist David Axelrod in creating ASGK Public Strategies .
In 2009, Axelrod sold his share of the firm to Kupper and Sedler for $1 million as he prepared to join the Obama Administration’s senior staff.
In 2015, ASGK Public Strategies and its subsidiary, M Public Affairs, merged to create Kivvit.
In 2015, Sedler was named one of “The 20 Most Powerful Political Insiders” and a “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” by Crain’s Chicago Business. He is also the recipient of the Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago.
In 2009, Sedler and his firm were tapped to work for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid. In 2014, ASGK Public Strategies coordinated a campaign to bring marriage equality to Illinois. ASGK also worked closely with University of Chicago in 2015 to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Center to a site near the Hyde Park campus.
Some of Kivvit’s current and former clients include: • Allstate • AT&T • BMOHarris • Cablevision • Choose Chicago • Citadel • Citigroup • CME Group • Comcast • ComEd • Chicago Cubs • Google • HMSHost • National Cable and Telecommunications Association • UI Labs • United States Olympic Committee • University of Chicago • Xerox
Sedler currently resides in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood with his wife Marla Sedler and their two children. Marla is the president of Friends of Skinner West, a group that supports Chicago Public School Skinner West through volunteerism and fundraising.