Steve is a governmental and public affairs strategist from Tallahassee, where he’s led Democratic campaigns and advised corporate clients for more than sixteen years. Steve began his career in Florida politics in 1996, where he managed the political efforts and legislative office for State Representative Doug Wiles. In 2002, he moved to Tallahassee becoming the Communications Director for the Florida House Democratic Caucus and in 2005, Schale stepped over to the Florida Democratic Party to run their State House political operation.
In 2008, Schale was tapped by then Senator Obama to run his successful Florida operation, and again in 2012 by President Obama to serve as his Florida strategist. In 2010, he served as Senior Advisor to Dan Gelber’s successful Attorney General primary win before becoming a Senior Advisor to Alex Sink’s campaign for Governor. Steve has been named one of Florida’s most influential political figures by the Tampa Bay Times, Campaigns and Politics Magazine, and was named one of the top 100 Movers and Shakers in Florida by Florida International Magazine.
Today, Steve runs Schale Strategies, which assists corporate clients with their governmental and public affairs needs, serving clients such as Walt Disney World, AT&T and the Florida Hospital Association. He is also serving as a Senior Strategist for Gwen Graham’s race for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District of Florida. Steve is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN with degrees in History and Political Science and has an MA from Florida State University in Communications. A native of the Chicago area, Steve grew up in St. Augustine and has lived in Tallahassee for the last decade with his wife Nikole, who is a Regional Vice President with the American Heart Association.