Eric Axel founded ECA Strategies in 2013 to provide clients with public and government affairs strategies to navigate difficult Federal and state regulatory environments. Eric’s varied political background enables his clients to build long-lasting ties with many influential as well as newly elected Congressmen and Senators.
Eric spent five years serving as the Southwest Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this capacity, he built political fundraising networks throughout seven states in the Southwest Region, which included 64 Congressional districts and 14 Senate offices. His strong relationships with members of Congress and their staffs made him one of the most influential voices on issues of foreign policy.
Prior to joining AIPAC, Eric worked with several organizations including the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) where he held several prominent national roles. He was a key member of the RJC’s effort to raise significant funds during the 2008 presidential election while organizing grassroots volunteers and coalitions across the country. Prior to the RJC, Eric worked with the American Society of the University of Haifa (Israel) in New York City, where he served on a team to rebrand and rebuild the University’s American arm.
Eric is a graduate of the University of Maryland and lives in Plano with his wife, Saler. They have three children.
Saler Axel has an extensive background in researching policy issues, designing strategies focused on policy development, and education and policy statistics. In addition to her work at ECA Strategies, Saler is a PhD student and researcher in the Research in Mathematics Unit of Southern Methodist University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from The University of Texas and her master's degree in Childhood Education from Pace University. Saler has authored and co-authored literature reviews, technical reports and white papers related to program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research, and college accreditation.