Alan P. Novak is president and founder of Novak Strategic Advisors (NSA).
For over 30 years, Alan Novak has been a fixture in Pennsylvania politics, government affairs, issue advocacy, and executive leadership. In 2001, he founded Novak Strategic Advisors; a public and government affairs firm dedicated to helping clients establish relationships and meet their strategic goals through intense, personalized grassroots campaigns.
Always visible, Mr. Novak is regularly sought by news media to comment on the political process. He political commentary has appeared in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post as well as on CNN, Fox, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, Philadelphia talk radio programs, and many of Pennsylvania’s local news programs. During the last several campaign seasons, Mr. Novak has teamed up with one-time political rival T.J. Rooney to share a regular column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They are also regular guests of Bill Mason on his Morning Magazine radio show which airs on WCHE.
Mr. Novak’s representation ranges from Fortune 500 companies to charitable organizations and small businesses. On their behalf, he has effectively secured procurement contracts, achieved legislative victories, educated leaders about clients’ issues, and developed relationships with government entities.
Mr. Novak’s political career began in Chester County as a Coatesville Area committeeman. He also served as a Coatesville City Councilman for four years and was eventually elected Chester County GOP chair. In 1996 he was elected Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party where he became one of the longest serving chairmen in history. In this role, he was the architect of nearly a decade of Republican dominance in statewide elections and was regularly recognized on PoliticsPA.com’s “Power 50 List”. When Mr. Novak stepped down as Chairman, one political power broker described Mr. Novak as someone with the “ability to persuade, cajole, and convince somebody they should do something.”
It is with that same finesse that Mr. Novak worked on Governor Tom Corbett’s Transition Team and served 4 years on the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, including a cycle as the commission’s chair. He is currently chairman of the Independence Health Group Advisory Board for Public Policy and External Affairs and formerly served on the board of Independence Blue Cross. Alan is the former chair of the Board of Trustees for Ursinus College. He is currently a member of the Chester County Economic Development Council and on the Board of Directors of First Priority Bank.
At Lamb McErlane, Mr. Novak is of counsel with the firm and practices in municipal law and land use law as well as civil litigation. Known for his legal expertise in local government, Mr. Novak served as solicitor for several municipal authorities, local governments, and local government entities.
Mr. Novak is a 1971 graduate of Ursinus College and a 1975 graduate of Villanova Law School.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- Chair, Advisory Board for Public Policy and External Affairs, Independence Health Group
- Board of Directors, First Priority Bank
- Team PA Agriculture Advisory Board
- Chester County Economic Development Council
- Former Chair, Ursinus College Board of Trustees
- Former Chair PA Racing Commission
- Former Board of Directors, Independence Blue Cross