Burns Strider

Founding Partner

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.

Burns 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.
 
Burns is one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics according to the Religion News Service. 

Full Profile


Eric - 300w.jpg

Eric Sapp

Founding Partner

Eric Sapp has spent his career seeking to empower the better angels of American values in pursuit of policies and politics that promote the common good. 

Eric 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.  Over the past decade, Eleison has leveraged voter response data from its numerous successful political and advocacy campaigns to create one of the largest values/behavioral voter databases and most sophisticated digital advertising platforms in the country. 

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.

Full Profile


Jechura_Chet.jpg

CHET JECHURA

Director, Digital Communications and Data

As Director of Digital Communications and Data, Chet 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 and contributes to the creation, production, and realization of all campaigns.  

Chet began his career in 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 then relocated to D.C. as an intern in government relations.  

Chet holds a master's degree in theological studies from Boston College; a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago; and is currently pursuing a master's of divinity, specializing in public theology, at Wesley Theological Seminary.

 


Wilson_Erica (new).jpg

Erica savage wilson

Director, Outreach and Veteran Engagement

As Director of Outreach and Veteran Engagement, Erica oversees the execution of the Iraq War Fund campaign and facilitates internal communications with all participating parties. In this unique capacity, she also trains and manages teams of adjunct officers who are responsible for reviewing and researching extensive data specific to Iraq War veterans and their impacted family members.  

Prior to Erica’s employment with Eleison, she served nearly a decade with the Department of Defense. She entered federal service and attained permanent work status through completion of her Accounting degree and successfully matriculated to a Financial Analyst, responsible for managing accounting data and briefing the Commanding General monthly.

Erica is a former Congressional Assistant Campaign Organizer for Congressman Sanford Bishop, a graduate of both Georgia's WIN List Leadership Academy and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Leadership Institute, a NPR Political Rewind Voter Panelist, and a Southwest Georgia 40 Under 40 awardee. 


Reina_LeduanA.jpg

Leduan Reina

Manager, Information Technology Systems

As Manager of Information Technology Systems, Leduan optimizes Eleison's technological capacities and provides administrative support for outreach and veteran engagement with the Iraq War Fund campaign. 

Born and raised in Cuba, Leduan has worked as Missions Pastor of Cerro Baptist Church in Havana, served as a national logistical coordinator for the church planting movement of home churches in Cuba, and as senior interpreter and coordinator for East West Ministries for fifteen years.  He has extensive experience in IT, having served as a consultant for both the Western Baptist Convention of Cuba and Havana Baptist Theological Seminary for over a decade.

Leduan has studied Theology and Missions at Havana Baptist Theological Seminary, received certification in internet networking and computer hardware from Sur Automatización & Control, and holds a GED from the Spanish American Civic Association in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Leduan currently serves as a church planter in Washington, D.C. with the New City Network, pastoring the Annandale Bible Church congregation.