Through his work in both the public and private sector, John Borovicka has developed one of the most unique networks of experiences, relationships, and substantive acumen in the advocacy community today. John utilizes this background on behalf of his clients as a founding partner of Alexander, Borovicka & O’Shea Government Solutions. With a diverse roster of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small local businesses, John has earned the trust of leaders in areas such as education, healthcare, and technology to represent their governmental interests. Recent highlights of his work include assisting a major international company in defeating a piece of legislation in Springfield that would have stifled technology and innovation, and helping another major company secure a multi-million-dollar governmental contract, the most lucrative of its kind ever awarded.
John’s extensive career in public service includes over a dozen years working at the federal, state, and city levels of government. These include senior positions with current Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton, current U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, and then-U.S. Congressman Rahm Emanuel. John’s governmental and campaign experience began in 1996 on the Democratic National Convention and President Clinton’s reelection campaign. His initial government work came in running the Chicago office of State Senator Cullerton from 1996-1999, later serving as the Chairman of Senator Cullerton’s political committee. John then served as Field Director on the first successful campaign of Mike Quigley, now an influential member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Working for the Chicago City Council, John spent four years working as a legislative aide to Alderman Bernie Hansen of Lakeview. In this role John learned many of the different facets of Chicago city government, how problems are solved there, and made professional relationships that exist until today. In 2001, John joined Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for United States Congress, serving as his campaign manager when he was first elected in 2002. For the next five years, John was Congressman Emanuel’s District Director, where he served as his liaison to all local officials, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, while running the Congressman’s Chicago office. During his tenure, he helped bring together state, local and city officials to provide millions of dollars in funding to local projects.
John’s lengthy campaign work also includes serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s final reelection campaign in 2007. John also worked on behalf of many other successful campaigns for executive, legislative, and judicial positions. He continues to be a close counselor and trusted advisor to many other candidates and elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.
Immediately prior to forming Alexander, Borovicka & O’Shea, John spent five years in public finance at an international investment firm, where he was a Senior Vice President in infrastructure investment banking. John specialized in financings for a wide range of large governmental entities across the United States, including the Chicago Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the State of Ohio. Serving as a financial advisor and bond underwriter, John gained a bird’s eye view of the governmental purchasing world from the inside out, while shepherding his clients through all facets of the procurement process. In addition to broadening his network of local elected officials, John was also able to create new relationships with members of Congress and their staffs representing different areas of the country.
John holds a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University, which he attended on a baseball scholarship. He also holds a J.D. from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He previously held Series 7 and Series 63 Securities licenses as a municipal finance professional. John has been a guest lecturer in political science and communication at Northwestern, DePaul and Loyola Universities. He is a Past President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Lights, a community organization aimed at combating poverty. John has served as an Elder of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. He is also currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of The N Club, for former letter-winning varsity athletes at Northwestern University. He is a past board member of the Chicago Summer Business Institute and the John Merlo Sports Program, and has been an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Lakeview Citizens Council.