- The Indian American most recently served as Ohio U.S Senate candidate JD Vance’s chief strategist.
Republican strategist Jai Chabria will head the Columbus office of MAD Global Strategy. The New Jersey-based public affairs firm recently announced its expansion to Ohio. Chabria most recently served as Ohio U.S Senate candidate JD Vance’s chief strategist.
The Indian American has worked in Ohio politics for over 25 years and has clients all across the United States, ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to trade associations, to non-profits.
“Jai Chabria has been a friend and colleague for more than a decade. There’s no one better in the business. His leadership puts our firm on the map in Ohio,” said Mike DuHaime, founder and CEO of MAD Global. He previously served as managing director of Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm.
Before that, he was senior advisor to Governor John Kasich. He set up Kasich’s first run for governor in 2010, as well as Balanced Budget Forever, a national tour that served as a precursor for the presidential campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile. Chabria was “the leading force behind the creation of New Day for America the political organization formed in 2015 to promote Kasich’s White House credentials and later turned into a pro-Kasich super PAC,” the profile added. He has also worked on numerous other congressional and statewide races.
Before entering Ohio politics, he worked on Wall Street for Lehman Brothers and then Barclays Capital in Investment Banking.
He serves on the Board of the S.O.A.P Project, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking, and previously served on the Board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Columbus Urban League. He appears on Fox News and Canadian Broadcast Corporation, and was previously a contributor to POLITICO’s “Insider Caucus.”
(Top photo, courtesy NBC News)