Founder and CEO
John Sellek is founder and CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs, a Michigan-based public affairs firm specializing in media relations, social media, influencer relations, strategic message planning and crisis communications.
At Harbor Strategic, John teams up with citizens, organizations, associations, corporations, candidates and office holders seeking to inform and influence public opinion on a statewide and national basis.
John is an expert in communications, media and campaigns in Michigan and beyond. As a result of his extensive experience in state legislative, executive, and political efforts, he has deep contacts with capitol area and local media across Michigan, including major editorial boards.
John is called on by state and national media for insights and commentary on the Michigan political and legislative scenes, including media outlets like The New York Times, Politico, Detroit News, Michigan Radio's Stateside, MIRS News, Vanity Fair, Bridge Magazine, Gongwer News Service, The Detroit Free Press, WDET's Detroit Today, Buzzfeed News, WTCM's Ron Jolly Show, and WILS' Morning Wake Up with Dave Akerly.
He has served as state director of a presidential campaign, managed a victorious campaign for state attorney general, and has acted as senior advisor and spokesperson for multiple Michigan governors' races.
John led public affairs, communications, and legislative strategy for two Michigan Attorneys General. There he worked with national and state media to publicize significant legal cases ranging from environmental to criminal, and devised aggressive messaging and legislative efforts in conjunction with stakeholder groups that resulted in victories during key health and public safety policy battles in the Michigan legislature.
John worked on policy advisory and legislative strategy teams for the Michigan governor’s office and in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he worked for two Speakers of the House and served as Deputy Chief of Staff. John was a member of the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2000 and the transition team of Michigan’s Secretary of State in 2010 as well.
John Sellek grew up in politics, public policy and law enforcement. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College and is a big fan of Spartan basketball. He lives near Detroit with his wife, their children and three dogs (including a Chiweenie).
career in communications”
- WILS' Morning Wake Up
- Detroit News
“a week of daggers”
“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”