Kelley brings more than 20 years of high-level agency experience with a focus on corporate affairs and reputation management to SKDKnickerbocker. She is adept at connecting the dots between public affairs, corporate social responsibility and brand development.
Her clients focus on a number of issues that matter including public health, women and girls’ empowerment, health and nutrition, and diversity and inclusion. In this new era of building personal brands, she also has a strong track record of helping individuals raise their profiles via social media, personal appearances and earned editorial.
Kelley volunteers for several nonprofit organizations including Running Start, the Clinton Global Initiative and CURE Epilepsy. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Miss America Organization – the largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women – with a personal focus on encouraging women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Prior to joining SKDK, Kelley was an executive vice president at McBee|Gibraltar, where she worked on a variety of award-winning campaigns that addressed critical public health concerns such as obesity, the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic and food allergies. She has extensive experience in branding and positioning, having worked on behalf of Dole Food, the Financial Times, HBO and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Kelley previously worked at Qorvis Communications, where she served as a partner with responsibilities for leading the client service initiative and other agency programs. Some of her previous clients include Beam Inc., Feld Entertainment, Scientific American, Bloomberg Businessweek and GQ Magazine.
She managed national campaigns at Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate, including a number of award-winning programs for the Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to that, Kelley worked at Ketchum Public Relations, as a member of the national media team.
Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.