Founder and CEO
John Sellek is founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic, a Michigan-based public affairs and PR firm with offices in Lansing and S.E. Michigan.
Using a wide-reaching state capitol and local government network, and deep knowledge of the intersection of policy, politics and PR in Michigan, Harbor Strategic teams up with citizens, organizations, associations, corporations, candidates and office holders seeking to inform and influence public opinion.
John has worked for two Michigan speakers of the House, a governor’s policy shop and as communications director for two state attorneys general, giving him direct experiences with key policy and legal issues that families and businesses face every day.
He also led efforts on multiple statewide political campaigns, including serving as Michigan director of Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president, campaign manager of a winning race for attorney general and advised a winning campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
John’s knowledge of the Michigan political, legislative and media scenes, commitment to networking with all sides of the political divide (Republican and Democrat), and reputation as a straight shooter has made him a sought-after news analyst as well, with hundreds of media interviews since opening Harbor’s doors in 2017.
He’s appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, MLive, Le Temps, Bloomberg Quint, NPR and much more. That provides Harbor Strategic with the kind of statewide and national media contacts few others possess in the Midwest.
These experiences gave John the street cred to start an aggressive communications firm that has led many digital, PR and public affairs efforts across multiple issue areas, including healthcare, legal, corporate, industry and all levels of government.
With a background one can only earn through legislative battles, media relations and political campaigns, John and Harbor Strategic are known for a tireless work ethic and 24/7 engagement.
“One of my most trusted voices.”
- Michigan Public Radio
career in communications”
- WILS' Morning Wake Up
- Detroit News
“Known to email reporters additional background for questions they've asked two minutes earlier -- (during) the same press conference.”
- Inside Michigan Politics
“a go-for-the-jugular campaign”
“a week of daggers”