David M. Axelrod (born February 22, 1955) is an American political consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known as the top political advisor to President Barack Obama, first in Obama's 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois and later as chief strategist for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Following the 2008 election, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to Obama.
Axelrod is the founder of AKP&D Message and Media, was a political writer for the Chicago Tribune, and operated ASK Public Strategies, now called ASGK Public Strategies. He is also a supporter of Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, who helped Axelrod begin his firm (under the name Axelrod and Associates).
Born in New York's Lower East Side, Axelrod grew up in a middle class Jewish-American household, attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School and showed a passion for politics early on. He graduated from University of Chicago, where he studied Political Science.All mention of Axelrod's parents were removed from this biography. Axelrod grew up in Stuyvesant Town on the east side of Manhattan.