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Jeff Rusnak, President + CEO

Jeff Rusnak is the President and CEO of R Strategy Group. Jeff launched R Strategy Group in 2010. The firm is the culmination of a 30-year career dedicated to providing the best strategic direction to organizations, businesses, candidates and causes that improve our communities and Ohio.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jeff provides nationally recognized strategic guidance on media, communications, organizational development, public affairs, advocacy, and marketing to candidates for elective office at all levels of government. He also provides counsel to non-profits, issue-driven coalitions, corporations, donors and foundations.

Jeff has developed, directed, and managed diverse projects for local and national clients in support of education, the environment, arts and culture, economic development, health care, human services, professional sports facilities and other critical public interest issues. He recently directed the successful campaign to renew the tax to fund Cuyahoga’s robust arts and culture sector and Cleveland’s public owned sports facilities and he provided the strategic vision for the highly regarded 2006 countywide ballot initiative that established Cuyahoga Arts & Culture—one of the top local funders of arts and culture in the US.

During his career, Jeff has helped lead and direct dozens of winning races at the municipal, county, state and federal levels, including Senator Sherrod Brown’s seven successful Congressional campaigns from 1992-2004 and his United States Senate victory in 2006, and Representative Marcy Kaptur’s victory in the 2012 Primary Election.

Jeff has also provided counsel to several dozen successful ballot initiatives and secured over 1.5 billion dollars in public funding for his clients, which have included the 2005 Third Frontier campaign, public school districts and higher education institutions, and mental health, transportation, health and human services, and developmental disability assistance organizations. His direct mail, media and advocacy campaigns have won numerous awards.