Chuck Pruitt began his professional career as a professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Thirty years ago, however, he took a different course joining the fledgling ABD Direct in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Chuck considers himself most fortunate to be part of a company that doesn’t just work for anyone with a checkbook. Rather, ABD Direct seeks out fundraising partnerships with non-profit organizations and political campaigns that share the ethics and values of the AB Data Group—client partners who are working every day to help protect our wild lands and the species that rely on them for survival, assist refugees in crisis, advance civil, human, and animal rights, combat gun violence, or preserve the special US-Israel relationship. He considers his work in the 2008 and 2012 Obama for America campaigns to be the highlight of his professional career—fulfilling a dream to help elect and re-elect the most transformative political figure to emerge in his lifetime and helping to raise more money through direct mail than any campaign in American political history.
With his children now grown, Chuck is unashamed to admit he is enthralled with commercial television and will happily discuss episodes of shows like This Is Us, Scandal, Modern Family, Blackish, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, Nashville, Ray Donovan and the many more which fill his DVR player to near capacity. Having once been an above average golfer, his game has now fallen into disrepair. Chuck is attempting to replace his lapsed golf habit with fantasy football. While he tries gamely (and unsuccessfully) to succeed in several leagues, he may instead be compelled to pick up his sticks once again soon.
Chuck received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard. Returning to his higher education roots, he recently completed service on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents; during his tenure he served as Vice President and President. He currently is on the Board of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Board of Visitors of the La Follette School of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.