Eva M. Pusateri has been working on campaigns for more than three decades. In her first volunteer campaign effort she stuffed envelopes in her family’s basement and rode around her small hometown with a bumper sticker on the back of her bike in support of her father’s statewide run for the Illinois Supreme Court. (Hey, every vote counts!)
Eva’s first paid role on political campaigns was as field director where she learned how to run grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor campaigns. She then served as a campaign manager where she successfully re-elected the then number-one targeted incumbent state representative in Illinois. This was Eva's first, but not last, female candidate.
Shortly after that, Eva moved to Washington, DC, where she joined a political consulting firm and soon became a firm partner. . She has since served as a national campaign consultant helping elect people to all levels of government. Eva served as a general strategic consultant, advising on the overall strategy needed to win campaigns, and as a communications consultant providing TV, radio, direct mail and media relations. A master at creating winning strategies and proactive, targeted messaging for her clients, Eva utilizes campaign strategies that are recognized for always being one step ahead of the opposition.
Eva has been sharing her expertise on winning campaign strategies nationally in lecture halls and online where she provides top-notch trainings on every aspect of political campaigns. Early in her career, she was often the only woman in the campaign war rooms and has since been proactive in offering special programming to help women be successful candidates, work in party politics, and succeed as campaign staff. Her efforts include a leadership role with then Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn’s Women Leaders’ Forum back in the late 1990s, which was one of the original programs supporting women and women’s issues.
Eva also provides leadership and motivational training presenting a unique perspective with special insights that help win political, public affairs, and public relations high-stakes campaigns, as well as branding and crisis management efforts.
Impressed with both Eva’s winning campaign record and the integral leadership roles she played early in her career in important victories across the country, Campaigns & Elections named Eva one of "74 Women Who Are Changing American Politics" and "A Rising Star."
Eva serves as President and Founder of Expert Communications & Training, Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois. You can visit her website at ExpertCommTrain.com for more information regarding her availability for private consulting services including the newly created “Political Consultancy” program, as well as for communication services, public keynote speaking engagements, and group lectures and campaign trainings offered both in person and virtually.
“In 15-plus years of hosting campaign training programs, Eva Pusateri continues to be one of the best trainers the Center for American Women and Politics has ever had. Her extensive knowledge and expertise of campaign strategy combined with her clear, approachable communication style makes her workshops consistently among the highest rated on our program evaluation forms.”
Jean Sinzdak, Director, Program for Women Public Officials
Center for American Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics
“Eva is an accomplished campaign consultant, with
an expertise comprehensive strategies and powerful communications. I have retained Eva as a Campaign Consultant and Speech Writer, and we have worked side-by side as campaign trainers, having taught at very high-level schools together. With a proven record of winning tough campaigns, Eva excels as a consultant and trainer and I wholeheartedly recommend her.”
National Committeewoman, IL Former Secretary, RNC
“It is with great pleasure I recommend Eva, whom I worked with in my previous role as Director of Political Advocacy in the Depart of Government Affairs (ACOG), 2006-15. Eva proved to be a professional superbly qualified for the tasks before her. Eva’s warmth and insightfulness, along with a high level of professionalism, led her to receive a significant amount of our independent expenditure programs in the ’10, ’12 and ’14 election cycles. She is beyond your average consultant. Ms. Pusateri has always demonstrated a unique combination of professionalism, thoughtfulness, and ability. I am so pleased that I can continue to rely on Eva’s expertise.”
"Eva was incredible as a facilitator, keeping us focused on the session
goals each week while providing encouragement and practical tools to use in our journey.”
“Eva was so great at facilitating! She made us feel very comfortable."
“The facilitator is always so positive in helping direct our thinking. This has been a great investment in myself as a candidate for office.”
“I loved hearing Eva's experiences and encouragement, and seeing the successes the other women are having is extremely motivating. I love this program!!”
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