Senior Political Strategist, Political Affairs and Federation Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ashlee Rich Stephenson, the senior political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leads the Chamber’s Political Affairs program, which includes issue advocacy campaigns and voter education efforts. She also directs the endorsement process on behalf of pro-business candidates for federal office. Stephenson is a nationally respected and highly experienced political strategist and pollster, with expertise working on high-level candidate campaigns, with independent expenditures, and on behalf of public affairs and corporate interests. She worked on four presidential campaigns, including as the polling director for Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign and as a political strategy adviser for Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 effort. Stephenson was president of Just Win Strategies, a national political strategy firm, and principal and chief strategy officer at the polling and analytics company WPA Intelligence. She started her career in the Strategy Department at the Republican National Committee. Named a Rising Star in 2014 by Campaigns & Elections magazine and inducted into the inaugural American Association of Political Consultants 40 under 40 class of 2015, Stephenson is a regularly requested panelist and commentator at political industry events to discuss evolving trends in the political tactics of public opinion research, data, digital, message development, and marketing. She serves on the boards for Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions and The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. A graduate of Allegheny College and native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stephenson resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.