John Saler provides government and media relations services to Fortune 500 companies, privately held firms and nonprofit organizations. His professional experience includes:
- legislative lobbying
- regulatory lobbying
- business development
- crisis management
His wide array of credentials in the fields of politics, media, finance and civic affairs, along with his distinguished career as a campaign strategist, fundraiser and political commentator render him a unique asset to our clients.
He represents businesses in various industries including telecommunications, financial services, utilities, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, real estate, construction, publishing, gaming and information technology. He is a registered lobbyist in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Saler was recently ranked as one of the "Top 50 Influential Democrats in Pennsylvania" by Politics Magazine – a monthly political publication. He was also recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of its "People to Watch '08."
Mr. Saler currently serves as Chairman of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board, appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter. He is also currently a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association Board of Directors and the Academy of Music Board of Trustees. Mr. Saler recently completed his term as a Commissioner and member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) Commission, where he was nominated by Gov. Edward G. Rendell and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate. In addition, he completed his tenure as a member of the Wawa Welcome America Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He also served as finance chair of the Nutter Inaugural Committee.
Mr. Saler has also served as a charter member of the Democratic Leadership Council Board of Directors, as commissioner of the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, and on the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Council of the Delaware Valley. He also was a board member of Project Rainbow, a transitional housing project for homeless women and children.
Mr. Saler’s political involvement spans over two decades and includes associations with more than 25 campaigns. He has vigorously supported and advised a diverse group of elected officials including governors, senators, representatives, mayors and two U.S. presidents.
In 1994, Mr. Saler was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Applying his extensive political experience and knowledge, Mr. Saler frequently provides political analysis and commentary for television and radio news and public affairs programs.
Mr. Saler also has an impressive and diverse background in media, journalism and entertainment. A 1980 graduate of George Washington University, he began his professional career at the Washington Post as a Metropolitan Desk staff member.
Mr. Saler then moved into television as an anchor/reporter and talk show host for ABC network affiliates in Virginia. He eventually moved to New York to become Vice President of Motion Picture and Television Development for The Susskind Company, where he was responsible for project acquisitions, contract negotiations and casting. John Saler added yet another dimension to his career when he entered the financial services industry as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Karr-Barth Associates, a unit of AXA-Equitable. There, he oversaw government finance operations, placing investments for closely held companies and pension funds.
In 1996, Mr. Saler returned to the entertainment industry and co-produced a feature film as the Executive Vice President of East West Film Partners, Inc., a California-based motion picture production and distribution company. Good Luck is a critically acclaimed comedy, starring Gregory Hines, Vincent D’Onofrio and James Earl Jones.
His distinguished career has earned him numerous awards and citations, including the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Award for civic involvement, the Equitable National Leader Corps Award, the Project Rainbow Service Award, the Order of Kentucky Colonel’s Citation for public service, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for a co-authored news series in the Washington Post and the American Cancer Society Merit Award.