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Obama White House Digital Expert Thomas Kelley, U.S. Department of Energy Official Damian Bednarz, Join Kivvit

Obama White House Digital Expert Thomas Kelley, U.S. Department of Energy Official Damian Bednarz, Join Kivvit

Kivvit today announced the addition of former White House digital practitioner and award-winning media producer Thomas Kelley and former U.S. Department of Energy and Obama Administration official Damian Bednarz to their growing team. Kelley will serve as Digital & Social Advocacy Coordinator and Bednarz will serve as Director in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

“Tom brings very current expertise in digital and visual media having applied this work at the highest levels of government,” said Eric Sedler, Managing Partner at Kivvit. “Tom will help us further build out Kivvit’s unique stakeholder engagement and digital tools.”

“We are happy to welcome Damian to the Kivvit family. His professional background and experience working on the historic 2008 presidential campaign makes him uniquely qualified to expand Kivvit’s capabilities and strengthen the services that support our large, diverse client portfolio,” said Maggie Moran, Managing Partner at Kivvit.

Kelley will help Kivvit’s clients implement emerging technologies that employ multi-faceted, multi-channel communications blueprints. Bednarz’s digital strategy experience and deep expertise in energy policy and international affairs will allow the firm to expand into new markets and offer clients unique insights to achieve their objectives.

Prior to joining Kivvit, Kelley served nearly five years in the Obama Administration as a member of the White House’s first-ever Office of Digital Strategy. As part of the team that directed President Obama’s, First Lady Michelle Obama’s and the entire Administration’s online presence, he helped provide meaningful online engagement making government more accessible for the general public while advancing and achieving tangible policy results on behalf of the American people.

Before serving in President Obama’s Administration, Kelley was a veteran of the President’s digital team during his historic 2008 campaign. He has also created digital media and advertising content for a broad range of advocacy organizations, companies and campaigns nationwide. Kelley is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Media & Public Affairs at George Washington University and has been recognized with multiple Pollie Awards and a Reed Award.

“This is an exciting moment,” Kelley said. “The opportunity to work in an environment that values innovation and creativity when it comes to representing the needs and goals of its clients is something I eagerly look forward to.”

Bednarz most recently served as a senior official with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where he advised the Secretary of Energy and Department leadership on international energy policy and coordinated strategic initiatives. Prior to his six years with the DOE, Bednarz spent two years working on digital strategy and communications with the Obama for America campaign. Before the campaign, Bednarz worked at several research, communications and public affairs organizations in New York and New Jersey.

Bednarz will be based out of the firm’s Washington D.C. office but will be assisting clients across Kivvit’s five offices. Bednarz specializes in energy policy, digital advocacy, organizational management and international issues.

“Kivvit really values developing creative and innovative solutions for a whole range of clients - it’s one of the many reasons that made me want to work for this firm. It’s also been great to see such strong collaboration across the offices and within every client team,” Bednarz said.

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