Who We Are
ECA Strategies possesses multi-discipline expertise and excels at working alongside leaders with first-in-class brands. Our boutique consulting firm approach focuses on molding client relationships into long-term trusted partnerships.
Backed by almost 20 years of experience, our strategic planning and counsel approach leverages existing resources to help our partners meet and overcome both opportunities and obstacles to fundamentally protect their leading-edge status.
Meet the team
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Eric Axel founded ECA Strategies in 2014 to provide clients with public and government affairs
Eric Axel founded ECA Strategies in 2014 to provide clients with public
and government affairs strategies to navigate difficult federal and state regulatory environments. Eric’s varied political background enables his clients to build long-lasting ties with many influential as well as newly elected Congressmen and Senators. In 2019, marshalling an unparalleled network and understanding of the Texas and Israeli business ecosystems, Eric launched a practice at ECA focused on the high-tech sector.
Prior to launching ECA, Eric spent five years serving as the Southwest Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this capacity, he built political fundraising networks throughout seven states in the Southwest Region, which included 64 Congressional districts and 14 Senate offices. His strong relationships with members of Congress and their staffs made him one of the most influential voices on issues of foreign policy.
Among other responsibilities, Eric conducted candidate meetings and obtained a position paper from every viable candidate in his seven- state region. During the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, which proved to be two of the most volatile in U.S. history, Eric successfully obtained a statement on targeted issues with every winning candidate prior to Election Day.
Prior to joining AIPAC, Eric worked with several organizations including the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) where he held several prominent national roles. He was a key member of the RJC’s effort to raise significant funds during the 2008 presidential election while organizing grassroots volunteers and coalitions across the country. Prior to the RJC, Eric worked with the American Society of the University of Haifa (Israel) in New York City, where he served on a team to rebrand and rebuild the University’s American arm.
Saler Axel has an extensive background in researching policy issues, designing strategies focused on
Saler Axel has an extensive background in researching policy issues, designing strategies focused on policy development, and education and policy statistics. In addition to her work at ECA Strategies, Saler is a PhD student and researcher in the Research in Mathematics Unit of Southern Methodist University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from The University of Texas and her master's degree in Childhood Education from Pace University. Saler has authored and co-authored literature reviews, technical reports and white papers related to program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research, and college accreditation.
As Associate Consultant, Carol brings 25 years of professional experience demonstrating a keen
Carol VedermanAs Associate Consultant, Carol brings 25 years of professional experience demonstrating a keen sense of what it takes to manage projects from A to Z in a results-driven environment. She has run marketing campaigns and developed community partnerships in the DC- metro area as well as recruited students for academic programs. At the heart of it all are her strong organizational and communication skills. Throughout her career she is most proud of the relationships she has built with colleagues, clients, student families, academic institutions, board members and donors.
Joshua Karsh serves as a Senior Consultant at ECA Strategies. Karsh brings a wealth of
Joshua Karsh serves as an Israel based Senior Consultant at ECA Strategies. Karsh brings a wealth of experience to ECA after having previously served as a COO of a government affairs firm in Florida and over a decade in senior management positions with AIPAC. Karsh supports ECA's growing Israel technology portfolio with a primary focus on government affairs and business development for our clients.
Lon Goldstein is President of Goldstein Policy Solutions and has 25 years of professional experience in public
Lon GoldsteinLon Goldstein is President of Goldstein Policy Solutions and has 25 years of professional experience in public policy. Lon has worked in leadership positions in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Lon served as Senior Vice President, Government Relations at CIT and held a senior position in the Washington office of Merrill Lynch, where he helped manage the firm’s response to the 2008 financial crisis. On Capitol Hill, Lon worked as a policy advisor to Congressman Dick Zimmer (R-NJ). He received a BA from Lehigh University and an M.Phil in Comparative Politics from Glasgow University.
Hear what our partners have to say about us
“We greatly enjoy working on the Bipartisan Business Forum Series with ECA Strategies. Eric understands our issues and has helped facilitate relationships that have proven crucial in advancing our government relations efforts. AdvoCare is grateful to have a partner like ECA Strategies!”
“ECA Strategies has been an ideal partner for the Republican Jewish Coalition. As a Washington based entity, we always strive to be able to communicate the major issues of importance to the Jewish community to key Republican decision-makers and focus on important states like Texas. Eric’s political background and his relationships with both the Jewish community around Texas and elected officials across the country continue to help us build long lasting bonds to propel the RJC’s goals forward. As one of ECA’s first clients, we are not only pleased with the results the firm has produced for us but are also gratified to watch the impressive array of clients that have also come on board.”