Steven (Spike) Karalekas – Board Member
Steven (Spike) Karalekas is a lawyer-lobbyist with offices in Washington, D.C. and Boston. He has represented large corporations, including General Electric, McDonnell Douglas, UNISYS, Gates Corporation, Duke Energy Corp., Westinghouse and Israel Aircraft Industries in their dealings with the White House, Department of Defense and Congress. He also has close ties at the CEO level with Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. He has represented the states of Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Connecticut and Texas, along with the governments of Mexico, Bangladesh, Panama, Russia, Bermuda and the former German Democratic Republic. In addition, he represents ongoing business interests in the Republic of the Philippines, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and People’s Republic of China.
From 1971-1973, Spike served on the personal White House staff of President Richard M. Nixon, and later served as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Congressman Paul W. Cronin from 1973-1974. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger appointed Spike to be the first chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He was also a founding Board Member, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C. A team led by Spike was named national “Public Affairs Campaign of the Year for 2005” by PR Week Magazine for its pivotal role in saving the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Conn., from closure in that year’s BRAC round. In July 2008, the city of Chicago recognized Spike for his contributions to the Navy and the City by inscribing his name on the plaque of honor attached to the USS CHICAGO Anchor at the end of Navy Pier. In November 2009, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Defense Information School now located at Fort George G. Meade, Md. In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Indiana University Law School. Spike received the Department of Defense Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Navy’s highest civilian recognition.
Spike graduated from the United States Naval Academy (B.S. with honors), Indiana University Law School (J.D., Cum Laude), Harvard University (M.P.A., Magna Cum Laude), Department of State Foreign Service Institute and Naval War College.