Hires Campaign Management Specialist Kimelle Ash as Senior Associate

Asbury Park — Kivvit today announced that Chris Donnelly will serve as the new General Manager of the company’s New Jersey office. Additionally, Kivvit also announced that campaign management specialist Kimelle Ash has joined the firm as a senior partner, working from the New Jersey office. Kimelle joins New Jersey’s already high-profile team of seasoned professionals, which includes General Manager Adam Steinberger, Director Megan Cryan, Associate Director Vin Ciniello, Director of Brand Strategy Pearl Gabel and Director of Insights. Jonathan Scharff.

“The Kivvit team is an outstanding group of individuals with experience and abilities in all areas of New Jersey business, politics and advocacy,” Donnelly said. “We remain focused on our data-driven approach while recognizing that an ever-changing landscape means adapting and finding new ways to meet customer needs. It is an honor to work with such a talented team. »

Donnelly has played a vital role in several Kivvit campaigns, such as the 2020 effort to legalize cannabis in New Jersey and the 2016 effort to replenish and constitutionally dedicate funds to the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. Prior to joining Kivvit, he was press secretary and spokesperson for New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. He took a brief leave to be the communications director for the New Jersey United for Marriage campaign, an effort to establish marriage equality in New Jersey. Prior to that, Donnelly served as deputy press secretary to Governor Jon Corzine, served as director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and worked in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governors Jim McGreevey and Richard Codey. He is also the past chairman of Garden State Equality’s Equity Action Fund.

Ash specializes in campaign management, issues advocacy, messaging and strategic consulting. Prior to Kivvit, Kimelle served as Senior Mobilization Manager for Get Out the Vote efforts for Jon Ossoff’s 2021 Georgia Senate runoff campaign. She has also worked on several other competitive races across the country, including campaigns for Vice President Kamala Harris and New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim. Ash also served as a planner and director of community outreach for New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton and a competitive analyst for AL Media.

Kivvit is once again among the top 20 independent US communications companies, according to O’Dwyer’s 2022 ranking. This is Kivvit’s third consecutive year in the top 20 and follows a year of growth that included the launch of a brand strategy and talent team as well as the addition of members at all levels. These investments are ongoing and aim to meet the changing needs of customers in today’s ever-changing landscape. They also reinforce Kivvit’s ongoing commitment to being the agency of the future. Kivvit landed in the top 5 for the following specialty categories:

  • #1 Real Estate Financing & Development
  • #2 Energy
  • #2 Non-profit
  • #3 Education
  • #4 Purpose/Corporate Social Responsibility

Kivvit also earned top rankings in several other categories, including Environment, Sustainability, and Green Tech (#6); Sports (#6); Automotive and Transportation (#7); Industrial (#10); and Health (#18).

About Kivit

Kivvit is one of the largest and fastest growing independent strategic communications and public affairs companies in the United States, with more than 130 professionals across six offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC.

Kivvit has won over 60 awards and accolades over the past five years, including Public Affairs Firm of the Year (Reed Awards), Digital Agency of the Year (PRovoke SABER North America), Most Innovative Agency (Bulldog Stars of PR Awards) and Best Agency to Work For (PRovoke). To learn more and see what we’re up to, visit and follow us @TeamKivvit.

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