In 1991, recently out of college and fresh off his first full-time campaign job, Paul Rosenfeld decided to move to Washington D.C. to try find work helping elect Democrats nationwide. Paul was a Democratic foot soldier, working at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, fundraising for several U.S. Senate candidates, and traveling doing field work. Already hooked, Paul returned to his home town to pursue a profession in politics. Politics is known as a blood sport in Chicago and Paul quickly became a fixture in Chicago political circles after managing several successful campaigns. In 1993, Paul became the Chief of Staff for Alderman Richard Mell and learned the lost art of a political precinct operation from one of the last great masters of the game. Over twenty years later Paul has never lost the fire in his belly for political victory, which has earned him a reputation with elected officials as someone you want on your side when going to battle. In September of 2015, Paul was appointed to fill a vacancy for Committeeman of Chicago’s 47th Ward and then he was elected to the position in March of 2016. He currently serves as the Democratic Committeeman for the 47th Ward of Chicago, one of the highest voting wards in Cook County.
Paul is the Managing Partner of Government Navigation Group and he assists his clients in developing government relations, legislative, and business development strategies in Illinois. His over twenty years of experience and relationships with Mayors, legislators, Commissioners and key staff statewide has given him a unique perspective and ability to affect policy on behalf of his clients.
In 1994, Paul created an association of taverns, restaurants, and nightclubs in Chicago. The association, called Chicago Area Social & Entertainment Organization (CASEO), grew to over 300 member establishments. Three years later, he became the Executive Director of the River North Association, one of Chicago’s largest business associations.
After leaving the River North Association, Paul was hired as a consultant at the Illinois Development Finance Authority (now Illinois Finance Authority), and later served as Legislative Director for the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Paul created his government relations consulting firm in 2003, with the philosophy that superior responsiveness combined with collaborative strategic planning would build successful long term client relationships. Today, GNG has offices in Springfield and Chicago and serves approximately 25 first-tier clients in the construction, gaming, IT, housing, financial, consumer advocacy and healthcare industries. GNG is regarded as one of Illinois’ top government relations firms.
Paul lives Chicago’s North Center neighborhood with his wife, Ellen, and their four children.