Russ Schriefer

Adjunct Professor

Employer: Strategic Partners & Media 

Title: Partner

Social Media Handles: @rschriefer (Twitter)

Russ Schriefer is an American political strategist and media consultant who has worked on six out of the last seven presidential campaigns.  In 2012, he was a senior advisor and media consultant on Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

In 2014, Schriefer and his firm Strategic Partners & Media won every general election campaign they were involved with, including stunning upsets in Maryland and in Maine.   In addition, they helped elect Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress in history.

In 2009 and 2013 Schriefer was the media consultant for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

After graduating from Manhattan College, Schriefer got his start working for two Republican House members, the National Republican Congressional Committee and was Mid-Atlantic political director for George H. W. Bush in the 1988 campaign. 

A founding partner with Stuart Stevens and Ashley O’Connor in Strategic Partners & Media, Schriefer has worked with many Republican Governors, Senators, and Congressmen, including Governor Robert Ehrlich (MD), Senator Johnny Isakson (GA), Governor Tom Ridge (PA), Governor Bill Weld (MA), Governor Paul Cellucci (MA), Governor Bob Riley (AL), Senator Richard Lugar (IN), Senator John Cornyn (TX), Governor Mary Fallin (OK), Senator Dan Coats (IN), Senator Roy Blunt (MO), Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Thad Cochran (MS).

He served as program director of the 2004 & 2012 Republican conventions.

Schriefer produced campaign advertisements for George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 elections, gaining notoriety for an advertisement that aired in 2004 picturing Senator John Kerry windsurfing.

Schriefer also does corporate and association consulting and has lectured and taught politics and campaigns throughout the United States and overseas.   He has published articles for numerous publications including The New York Times. 

Russ Schriefer is married to Nina Easton, Senior Editor at Fortune magazine, commentator on the Fox News Channel. He has a daughter Elizabeth Rose, and two-step sons Taylor and Danny. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


B.A., Manhattan College

Classes Taught

Political Advertising