A top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leaving his position after five years at the mayor’s side.
David Spielfogel will end his time in the Emanuel administration at the end of the month.
"It's been five great years, I've loved every minute of it, but it's time to try something new," he told NBC Chicago.
Spielfogel, now 38, was named the chief of policy and strategic planning on Emanuel’s senior staff in 2011.
Previously, he served as policy director for the Senate bid of Alexi Giannoulias, as Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation where he worked on special projects that cut across the foundation’s domestic and international programs, and in the Clinton White House as the Special Assistant for Policy to the President’s senior adviser on energy and environmental issues.
Spielfogel will be leaving City Hall for a new position in the private-sector, a City Hall source confirmed.
He told Crain’s Chicago Business Thursday that he plans to run his own company, which he claims will “be at the center of urban design and problems and the role of technology in solving them.”
Mayor Emanuel released a statement Thursday night which read "David has been an integral part of my team since I first ran for this office. For five years he has been my first phone call in the morning, and my last phone call at night. In that time has been not only a trusted advisor but a tireless advocate, and his hard work and insights have helped us deliver results for this city time and again. But as I told David, he can run but he can’t hide because he’ll always be on my speed dial.”