Kevin Carpenter

Vice President, Public Affairs

Kevin Carpenter is a seasoned communications and public affairs advisor with nearly two decades of experience helping Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, and advocacy organizations achieve their business and policy goals through strategic stakeholder engagement. With a knack for navigating fast-paced, high-stakes situations, Kevin helps clients decode complex issues, develop smart strategies, and deliver effective messages at local, state, and national levels.

Before joining Strategic Elements, Kevin was a senior vice president at Ichor Strategies, a U.S. community engagement firm. As head of the Washington, DC office, Kevin led Mid-Atlantic client management and stakeholder outreach, helping corporate leaders in various industries engage more productively with local influencers. 

Kevin also worked for two global strategic communications and public affairs consultancies – Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, and later, Finsbury – where he provided issue management and reputation counsel to well-known companies involved in some of the most complex communications challenges in recent decades, including the 2008 financial crisis; high-profile litigation and government investigations; major activist and policy-driven campaigns; and one of the largest product recalls in history. 

Kevin began his career on Capitol Hill working for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (PA) during his tenure as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Media Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. 

Hometown

Lancaster, PA

Fun Facts

Once interned for Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins
Has a cat named after a former First Lady of the United States
Plays chess every day
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