Named after Seneca Falls — the first woman’s rights convention in the United States — Seneca Strategies focuses on promoting progressive, diverse and female candidates, non-profits and issue campaigns. We are committed to building the next generation of progressive activists and leaders, and we believe the best way to win is by throwing out the establishment playbook.
Elana Leopold is a founding partner at Seneca Strategies, focusing her efforts on long-term strategic fundraising and political consulting for local and statewide campaigns.
Leopold has experience in local and national fundraising and politics. Prior to founding Seneca Strategies, Leopold worked as finance director for Mayor de Blasio’s successful re-election campaign, where she was responsible for raising over $10 million, developing a citywide finance plan, and organizing hundreds of fundraisers from a deep network of donors.
In 2014, Leopold joined City Hall and served as the Mayor’s right hand, building his executive team from the ground up and running the Mayor’s day-to-day schedule. 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, a non-profit activist training camp for millennial women in New York.
A native New Yorker, Leopold graduated from Hunter College and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Monica Klein is a founding partner at Seneca Strategies, where she serves as chief communications strategist for local and statewide campaigns, non-profits and political parties.
Klein brings years of experience in communications, media relations and brand strategy to Seneca Strategies. As communications director for Mayor de Blasio’s re-election campaign in 2017, Klein directed messaging across millions of dollars in paid advertising, crafted the campaign’s communications strategy, and served as lead on-camera spokesperson in the nation’s largest media market. In 2016, Klein served as regional press secretary for the Clinton campaign in Ohio.
Prior to joining the Clinton campaign, Klein served as deputy press secretary for Mayor de Blasio, where she managed communications for 15 city agencies, including the NYPD, FDNY, Commission on Human Rights, and Department of Correction. Klein also worked for public affairs firm Hilltop Public Solutions, focusing on non-profit and issue campaigns.
Klein is Co-Founder and Communications Director for The Broad Room, an activist training camp for millennial women in New York. Klein currently serves on the Associate Board of the Red Hook Initiative, a non-profit focused on providing education and job training to low-income youth in Brooklyn.
A native New Yorker, Klein is a graduate of Oberlin College and currently resides in Brooklyn.