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.
A partner at JVA Public Affairs with almost 20 years of experience, Kyle McDermott specializes in helping companies and industry groups create and execute winning campaigns to advance their public-policy objectives. McDermott’s national network of operatives, organizations, and elected officials has allowed him to work and win in over twenty-five (25) states. Building diverse coalitions, engaging rank-and-file members/employees, and creating turnkey solutions is at the heart of McDermott’s work.
Before joining JVA, McDermott oversaw statewide and national advocacy and membership-based organizations. In those roles, McDermott was responsible for raising millions of dollars annually, building national PAC campaigns, and deploying data-driven grassroots efforts.
McDermott now applies his experience and relationships to address challenges and create solutions for industries that include: manufacturing, infrastructure, vocation education, renewable energy, and gaming.
AJ Stokes is a veteran operative in 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 of a state legislative political caucus and ultimately Chief of Staff in the Ohio State House. 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 repeal Ohio Senate Bill 5 by referendum. For this effort, he was named Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants.