Ed Draves joined Bolton St. Johns in 2001, where he has since lobbied on a diverse array of issues at the local and statewide level. He has represented clients in the labor, health care, communications, energy, pension, gaming and budget sectors. Most recently he was one of the key lobbyists on the successful passage of medical marijuana legislation in New York. In addition to lobbying for his clients on numerous issues, Ed has coordinated grassroots campaign efforts in support of their agendas at the local, state and federal level.
Prior to joining the firm, Ed was the Political and Legislative Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for more than two decades. In that role, he coordinated the political action and legislative programs of the union's six New York affiliates and represented more than 400,000 members. As AFSCME’s Legislative Director he was named by the Buffalo News as “one of labor's most savvy political operatives." Not only was Ed recognized as one of New York’s top labor lobbyists but he is also considered one of the best grassroots campaign organizers in the state.
In 2000, Ed Draves was recruited by current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to be Deputy Campaign Manager for Hilary Clinton’s successful Senate bid. In this role he coordinated the campaign efforts in Upstate New York.
After the Clinton campaign Ed joined Bolton St. Johns and in 2004 served as Campaign Manager for the first successful statewide Transportation Bond Act in more than a dozen years. Later that year he became one of the leading campaign strategists to help elect Buffalo's first African-American Mayor, Byron Brown.
Ed has worked on local and national political campaigns developing campaign strategy and messaging and assisting with debate preparation. He has worked as a consultant and aide on campaigns in New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and California. Ed appears regularly on Time Warner Cable’s Capital Tonight as a contributor to their ‘Insider’ segment. He is a graduate of Cornell University.