Jill Alper

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Jill Alper
Born (1965-09-12) September 12, 1965 (age 53)
ResidenceGrosse Pointe, Michigan
NationalityUnited States
EducationBoston College
OccupationElectoral strategist
Political partyDemocratic Party

Jill Alper (born September 12, 1965) is an American political consultant. She founded Alper Strategies & Media, a media firm, in 2016. Formerly, she served as the head of Dewey Square Group's campaign and integrated media practice.


Alper has served as an electoral strategist for the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Political Director and Al Gore, where she coordinated state specific media efforts, ran election day, and started the re-count effort. She was electoral strategist for John Kerry, for whom she put together the nomination plan and general election state plans [1].[citation needed]

In the 1992 cycle, she was Deputy Political Director and ran candidate recruitment and incumbent protection efforts for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) overall.

Alper got her start in politics at 15 when she met Governor Mike Dukakis of Massachusetts as a result of her lawsuit against Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger, who refused to hire women to serve as senate pages (the suit was eventually dropped when Bulger hired a woman after sustained media attention). [2]

She later served as the Deputy Iowa Field Director[3] for his presidential campaign. [4]

She served as strategist to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing[5] and Governor Jennifer Granholm[6] of Michigan in both of her races[7] and is a member of the Democratic National Committee.[8]

Alper co-founded the Women's Information Network in 1989.[9] In 1993, she received the Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women.[10] In 2010, she was named to the Aristotle Campaign Dream Team.[11] Politico highlights Jill Alper as a "Featured Caucus Member" in their American politics blog, the Politico Caucus.[12]

2016 Election[edit]

In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Jill Alper served as one of Michigan's 17 superdelegates, pledging support to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. [13]

Personal life[edit]

She married David Katz, former Deputy Wayne County Executive for Edward H. McNamara, who managed the campaign of then Attorney General Jennifer Granholm for governor in 2002, in 2004,[14] at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. They reside in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with their son and stepson.


  1. ^ "The Note: Bringing It Home". ABC NEWS. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "12 Apr 1997, 3 - The Boston Globe at Newspapers.com". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Deputy Iowa Field Director
  4. ^ "6 Oct 2002, 6 - The Boston Globe at Newspapers.com". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "RUMBINGS: Beckham to lead Bing campaign". Crain's Detroit Business. October 25, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Exit left: With 'War Room' over, what's Granholm's next act?". Crain's Detroit Business. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Alper discussing the ins and outs of the Granholm contest in 2006 on Off the Record with Tim Skubick (WKAR)
  8. ^ Gibbons, Lauren (July 25, 2016). "See who Michigan is sending to the 2016 Democratic National Convention". mlive.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Home – Women's Information Network (WIN)". winonline.org. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Women of Distinction Program". AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Aristotle Crowns Democratic and Republican Dream Teams at AAPC Hall of Fame". Nothing but the spin... April 1, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Featured Caucus Members". POLITICO. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Who are Michigan's 17 superdelegates, and which candidate are they supporting?". Michigan Radio. June 8, 2016.
  14. ^ nytimes.com, 2004/06/13

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