C-Strategies LLC is a strategic communications and public affairs firm whose leadership has served on the front lines of major public policy and political campaigns in Chicago and Illinois for nearly two decades. Employing results-driven tactics and utilizing its networks to build strategic plans, guide public opinion, and manage through crisis, C-Strategies brings passion and veteran experience to help clients meet their business goals, turn big ideas into action and simply get things done.
We build roadmaps to help corporate, public sector and nonprofit clients achieve their goals by offering the following services:
- Media Relations
- Strategic Planning
- Crisis Management
- Message Development
- Community Engagement
- Relationship Management
We put out fires. We’ll manage you and your organization through crisis.
We drive public discussion and shape opinion.
You have a story to tell. We’ll help you get the message out.
We help clients build relationships and expand their businesses.
Becky Carroll, President and CEO, C-Strategies LLC
Considered one of Chicago's top public affairs strategists, Becky is a two-decade veteran of high-profile political and public policy campaigns. She led public engagement and communications strategies to develop and promote bold, new initiatives on education, economic development, housing, pensions, and budget and finance issues. She served as a top spokesperson and adviser to public-sector executives at both Chicago's City Hall and the Illinois Office of the Governor lending her expertise to build stakeholder support for large scale public/private developments and partnerships in communities throughout Chicago.
Becky has also held top positions on local, state and national political campaigns, including National Director of Women for Obama on the 2008 Obama for President campaign and most recently as Chairman and CEO of Chicago Forward, a Super PAC that raised over $5 million to support the re-election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as well as pragmatic Aldermen and aldermanic candidates during the 2015 Chicago municipal election.
Becky is a devout, third-generation Chicagoan who attended Chicago Public Schools and graduated from Loyola University Chicago. She has served on multiple boards that promote leadership roles for women in politics and women’s health, family and workplace issues. She has also led multiple media campaign training for organizations such as Young Democrats of America. Becky enjoys serving as a Mentor at 1871 and with Loyola University Chicago’s Inside Government organization, where she also serves on the board of its executive alumni committee. Becky serves as a board member for Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) and is an advisor for Rodham Consulting. Becky is a proud recipient of the 2017 Mom of the Year award from Mom + Baby (now known as WeWill) and the “Making a Difference Award” from the Syrian American Medical Society. She was acknowledged as one of the top inspiring moms of 2016 by Today.com and once by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago’s 30 Under 30.
Mika Stambaugh, Vice President, C-Strategies LLC
Mika is a veteran, Emmy award-winning journalist and dynamic entrepreneur known for her creative strategies in executing media and communications campaigns.
Throughout her career, she’s been recognized for her creativity, hustle, and leadership, including winning an Emmy in 2008 as a Field Producer at CBS 2 News Chicago. That same year she moonlighted to follow her dream at age 26 to open her own small business, deftly balancing her responsibilities in the newsroom and as an entrepreneur.
Her business savvy and deep understanding of the news industry landed her the role of spokesperson for the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection in 2014.
At City Hall, Mika spearheaded the communications strategy for several high-profile public policies, including: House Sharing ordinance (AirBnB); Rideshare entering the Chicago marketplace; Chicago’s minimum wage increase; amended tobacco and liquor laws; and more than 60 consumer protection campaigns. Her ability to secure media and saturate the market earned the department roughly $5M in media coverage.
Mika combines her newsroom experience and execution of public policy communications strategies to help our clients build winning earned media, marketing, and advertising campaigns. Clients will also benefit from her expertise in producing large scale events, most notably her leadership in driving the growth of Mayor Emanuel’s Small Business Expos. Mika tapped into her network to secure high-profile keynote speakers and brands, such as Bill Rancic, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Bill Kurtis and Laura Schwartz among others, to exponentially increase both attendance (from double digits to several hundred attendees per expo) and revenue (tripling the program's budget).
Her high energy, positive attitude and passion for this work also carries over into her civic engagement where she serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, also on the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Chicago, and on several host committees to raise funds and awareness to benefit the sick and less fortunate in Chicago. Mika calls Bronzeville home with her French Mastiff, Chapo.
Allison Ordman, Communications Director, C-Strategies LLC
Allison came to Chicago after serving on Hillary Clinton’s press team in Iowa, Allison’s home state. In 2016, she also led Stacey Walker’s successful campaign to become the first African-American elected official in Iowa’s second largest county. Earlier Allison served as senior staff on campaigns for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District (2015) and for Iowa Governor (2013). In addition to directing communications, scheduling, and operations for Democratic candidates, Allison has worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Allison’s passion for education reform led her to pursue politics. In college, she tutored high-needs students grades K-3 and performed policy research for Iowa state legislators. After graduation, she worked for the New York City Department of Education under the Bloomberg administration before transitioning home to Iowa in search of hands-on campaign experience.
Allison’s experiences in social services drive her political pursuits. One of her proudest accomplishments is Iowa’s first trauma-informed yoga program, which she developed at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. Her work in youth shelters, public schools, and correctional facilities motivates Allison to grow as an advocate, political operative and strategic communicator.
Allison relocated closer to her family’s Hyde Park roots to help build a safer and more equitable Chicago that offers all children the opportunity to thrive. Outside the office, Allison dedicates her time to the John Howard Association, the Bulls, and yoga on Montrose Beach. She holds a B.A. in dance and political science from the University of Iowa.
Peggy Shapiro, Graphic Design Consultant
Peggy Shapiro is a veteran graphic designer specializing in promotions for political campaigns, government entities and non-profit advocacy campaigns. She is best known for working quickly without sacrificing creativity, eye-catching designs, strong editing skills and the ability to turn rough content into polished marketing tools. Through her early background in commercial advertising, she learned to reach a project’s targeted audience through typography and imagery.
Looking for more civic-minded work, Peggy left advertising to serve as the City of Chicago's deputy graphics design director where she was responsible for managing the graphic design needs of more than 30 city agencies. She enjoyed providing information on city events and services to the citizens of Chicago – from Blues Fest posters to brochures on sanitation services and everything in between.
Since leaving City Hall, Peggy has gone on to design logos, invitations, brochures, annual reports and more for a variety of clients including the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, Al Franken and Dick Durbin, Emily’s List, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Public Library, After School Matters and a variety of private sector companies. Peggy is a proud resident of Chicago.