Kendra Barkoff Lamy

Kendra Barkoff Lamy is the former press secretary to Vice President Joe Biden. She is an expert in crisis and strategic communications, working on some of the highest-profile matters in the news today, ranging from government whistleblower cases to survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

At SKDK, Kendra leads the communications team behind the groundbreaking TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, helping to give voice to those who will no longer be silent. During the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, she served as an adviser to Christine Blasey Ford. She helped survivors of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. She represented a young producer at NBC News who blew the whistle on Today Show host Matt Lauer, leading to a national discussion of sexual harassment in the workplace. For all this, and other work, PR News named her one of the “Top Women in PR.”

Kendra joined SKDK from the Office of Vice President Biden, where she served as Press Secretary for four-and-a-half years. During her time with Vice President Biden, Kendra was the primary on-the-record spokesperson, leading the office’s rapid-response operation and managing communications strategy. In addition, she helped to develop and launch the 1is2many and the ItsOnUs initiatives, two administration campaigns aimed at changing the cultural norms around domestic violence, dating abuse and sexual harassment.

Prior to her work in the White House, Kendra served as the Deputy Communications Director and Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior. There, she developed her love of crisis communications, leading the Obama administration’s rapid response operation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She also helped manage the communications activities around myriad complex conservation and environment issues within the department’s portfolio. On Capitol Hill, she worked for Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.

At SKDK, Kendra regularly works with nation’s the top law firms, providing litigation support as part of her crisis communications practice. She regularly serves as an on-the-record spokesperson on behalf of individuals, non-profits and corporations. And she works as a strategic adviser to several Native American tribes in high-stakes Supreme Court cases.

Kendra is a native of Northern California. She holds a bachelor in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.