Named after Seneca Falls — the first woman’s rights convention in the United States — Seneca Strategies focuses on supporting progressive, diverse and female candidates, non-profits and issue campaigns.
We build outreach initiatives, facilitate partnerships across stakeholders and advocacy groups, and are committed to lifting up the next generation of progressive leaders and organizations. We believe the best way to win is by throwing out the establishment playbook.
Elana Leopold is a founding partner at Seneca Strategies, where she serves as a government and community engagement expert, providing strategic guidance to individual, corporate and non-profit clients.
Prior to founding Seneca Strategies, Leopold served as finance director for Mayor de Blasio’s successful re-election campaign. In 2014, Leopold joined City Hall and served as the Mayor’s right hand, helping to build his executive team from the ground up. She went on to serve as a senior member of the Mayor’s political team, overseeing community engagement and political strategy with elected officials and advocates for city agencies.
Leopold serves as co-founder and chief financial officer for the Broad Room, an activist training camp for millennial women in New York. She is regularly featured on panels and speaker series focusing on women’s political empowerment, including the United Nations' NGO Briefing on Girl Empowerment, the Wing's Midterms Crash Course and NYU Wagner's panel on Women in Politics.
A native New Yorker, Leopold is a graduate of Hunter College and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Monica Klein is a founding partner at Seneca Strategies, where she specializes in communications strategy and media consulting for local and statewide campaigns, non-profits and political parties. At Seneca, Klein recently ran communications for the Working Families Party’s successful campaign to flip the NY State Senate, brought national attention to the Brett Kavanaugh protests, and promoted numerous mothers on the campaign trail.
Klein brings years of experience in communications, media relations and brand strategy to the firm. Prior to founding Seneca, Klein served as communications director for Mayor de Blasio’s re-election campaign in 2017 and regional press secretary for the Clinton campaign in Ohio in 2016. Klein also served as deputy press secretary for Mayor de Blasio in City Hall, where she managed communications for 15 city agencies, including the NYPD, FDNY, Commission on Human Rights, and Department of Correction.
Klein was named a 40 Under 40 Rising Star by City & State, and is a regular political commentator on local and national television. Klein is co-founder of The Broad Room, an activist training camp for millennial women in New York, and currently serves on the Associate Board of the Red Hook Initiative, a non-profit supporting low-income youth. A native New Yorker, Klein is a graduate of Oberlin College and currently resides in Brooklyn.