We pride ourselves on delivering strong, measurable results by providing
- A strategic vision for developing influential campaigns
- The tactical execution to create and sustain momentum
- The coordination required to achieve success
Fighting a ballot issue is no easy feat. Proposing and passing a ballot issue is even more challenging. JVA Campaigns has extensive experience tackling ballot issues, from being on the ground at the frontlines to managing comprehensive mail and digital programs. JVA will help you manage your coalition and voter contact, develop a comprehensive advertising plan, and oversee your media relations.
While JVA Campaigns has a track record of winning elections, we also have a wide range of experience leading public pressure campaigns to result in action from our elected leaders. Whether you are looking to apply pressure to a U.S. Senator, City Council, or even student government, JVA takes a multifaceted approach to engage constituents and achieve your goals.
With the 24-hour news cycle and volatile environment we are living in, JVA understands the need to react and respond to outside threats, challengers, or situations at the drop of a hat. JVA’s experience working on political campaigns and public affairs issues allows us to quickly craft and deploy messages through multiple channels – all while reinforcing your organization’s mission.
Your business is often directly affected by the legislation that comes out of Congress and the Statehouse. JVA Campaigns supports lobbying initiatives at all levels of government whether we are organizing constituent contact programs, creating legislator education materials, or developing ongoing "war room" support initiatives.
Sometimes, the only way to effect change is by communicating and applying pressure to stakeholders. JVA’s decades-worth of experience in campaigning and public affairs allows us to partner with businesses and organizations to create multifaceted strategy of media relations, advertising, direct advocacy, and lobbying to influence stakeholders.
JVA’s extensive background in communications and media relations makes us a trustworthy partner to manage your comprehensive public affairs program. We have the experience and expertise to serve as your organization’s primary public affairs consultants, whether you need help developing and delivering a strategic message, educating voters and constituents, or maintaining a positive presence in your industry. Our team will work with you to create and maintain a strategy to help your organization meet its goals.
"A successful public affairs approach requires a multifaceted strategy of media relations, advertising, direct advocacy, and lobbying to influence stakeholders.
- Jonathan Varner, President
Jonathan Varner has built winning political and public affairs campaigns for candidates, committees, unions, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 businesses for nearly 20 years. In 2007, he founded the company that would become JVA Public Affairs, which has worked from California to Maine, and many places in between.
Under Varner’s leadership as the firm’s creative director, JVA Public Affairs has won more than forty “Pollie” awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for advertising work in mail, digital, print, and radio. Regarded as one of the top strategists in the field, Varner was named one of Campaigns & Elections Magazine national "Influencers 500” in 2013, as well as one of Ohio’s five most influential Democratic consultants.
Born into a family of steelworkers and teachers, Kyle McDermott worked in the labor movement for over a decade managing state and national campaigns for the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and the United Steelworkers. McDermott also served as the executive director of the Ohio Democratic Party, where he led the party’s successful efforts to reelect President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown.
Since joining the JVA team, Kyle has spent significant time researching, testing, and designing programs that focus on persuading and turning out working-class voters. These proven tactics have secured wins in mayoral, state legislative, and U.S. Senate races across the country. McDermott’s work has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants and the Analyst Institute.
AJ Stokes’s passion for fighting for working families began at local labor hall in Toledo, Ohio, when he was very young, but in the more than three decades since, he has become a veteran operative in the labor movement, government, politics, and public affairs.
After spending the early part of his career working in Washington, DC, and in states around the country, he took his experience back to his home state, serving as both Executive Director and Chief of Staff to the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, where he orchestrated winning back the majority for Democrats in the House for the first time in fourteen years. AJ’s first major accomplishment as a member of the JVA Campaigns team was serving as Campaign Manager to We Are Ohio, where he successfully orchestrated the campaign to defeat Senate Bill 5. For this effort, he was named Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants.