Jeff Eller Senior Advisor
Jeff Eller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to clients in the areas of litigation, crisis management and crisis preparedness. He is the founder of The Jeff Eller group based in Austin, Texas.
Before founding his own firm, he was the global crisis practice group co-lead at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a leading public relations firm owned by WPP. Prior to that, he 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.
Eller coordinated the Public Strategies team that handled the communications and public affairs counseling for a private equity buyout of a major energy company. Other notable accomplishments have included orchestrating the media, lobbying and communications strategies for several leading corporations in high-profile crisis situations, including the Firestone tire recall. He also has led multiple successful referendum campaigns for U.S. professional sports teams.
Featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes ASAP, Eller has used emerging technologies to successfully open new public-policy communications frontiers throughout his career. In fact, according to Forbes ASAP, “Eller may, in fact, be the most linked, multiplexed, plugged-in human being on the planet — or at least in politics.”
Before Public Strategies, Eller served in the Clinton White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of media affairs. At the White House, he oversaw all regional and specialty media relations, as well as radio and television services. Daily, he and his staff staged presidential news conferences, administration interviews and other major media events, while constantly transmitting media briefings and documents via emerging digital networks.
Eller began working for then-Governor Clinton in December 1991, first as Florida state campaign director, 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. He is a former award-winning television and radio reporter.
He serves on the boards of latakoo, Zignal Labs, and The Texas Tribune.