Meet Our Team

Public Wise brings together an experienced group of individuals from the public sector, research and organizing.

Eli Williams-Szenes

Leadership Team

Political Director

Eli leads our work to both design in-house campaigns as well as support organizing partners in growing their capacities through targeted, creative assistance. Eli brings to Public Wise his experience as the Political Director for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, a candidate trainer for the National Democratic Training Committee, five years working for committee chairs in the New York State legislature, and multiple state and local campaigns. In 2018, Eli was honored as one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Eli is a fourth generation New Yorker married to an eighth generation Appalachian southerner, which has dramatically improved his communication skills. He relaxes by spending time with his daughter and partner, cooking, and watching bad sci-fi.