Burns Strider, a native of Grenada County, Mississippi, is the founder and principal of Eleison LLC, President of the American Values Network, Executive Vice President of American Bridge, and Senior Advisor to Correct the Record. Strider is best known as the Democratic Party's "faith guru" and advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the nation's diverse and complex tapestry of religious thought and communities. He was senior advisor to Clinton in her 2008 campaign for President.
Strider is one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics according to the Religion News Service.
Eric Sapp has spent much of his career focused on the intersection of faith and politics. He is a founding partner of the Eleison Group, the primary political consulting firm working with Democrats and the progressive faith community on outreach and communication to faith, veteran, and values voters. Eleison was one of the lead consultants on the DCCC's '08 "Red to Blue" program and has received numerous awards for its work on a number of successful Democratic and progressive campaigns.
Eric also serves as Executive Director of the American Values Network, a faith and values based non-profit that has received significant recognition the last few years for its successful media campaigns targeting faith, veteran, and independent voters on climate, national security, and economic justice issues.
As Director of Digital Communications and Data at Eleison Group, Chet Jechura oversees the development and execution of Eleison's digital messaging campaigns. He is also responsible for the upkeep of Eleison's extensive email systems and metadata/modeling programs, handles internal and external office communications, and contributes to the creation, production and realization of all campaigns.
Prior to living in Washington, D.C., Chet was working in rural Arkansas where he managed a campaign for state representative during the 2014 election cycle and served as a policy analyst for a non-profit during the 2015 Arkansas legislative session. He holds a master's degree in theological studies from Boston College and a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. A member of the American Academy of Religion, Chet has also published four articles on theological ethics in peer-reviewed journals. He worships at historic Foundry United Methodist Church.