With over 20 years of communications, public relations, special event and political marketing experience, Kathy is a driven B2B and community relationship cultivator. An experienced political pundit, she has worked with elected officials on both sides of the aisle including campaigns for Schwarzenegger, Giuliani, McCain, and Fiorina. Skilled at crisis communications, she has advised senior military leaders and government officials.
Kathy has executed donor and development events with top philanthropists and managed over 140 large scale special events for nonprofits, health and wellness organizations and the Department of Defense. Relationships include the Carmel Bach Festival, the American Kinesiotherapy Association, IcelandAir, 101st Airborne Division, United States Military Academy, and confidentially held clients in the House and Senate.
She has served as an on-the-record, on-camera spokesperson and is a skilled multi-media journalist and storyteller.
She is a lifestyle blogger writing humorously about running and modeling.
Founder of 8th ST PR, Dara provides strategic communication, creative idea generation, public affairs and laser sharp writing to a cross-section of clients, from global hospitality leaders to high-tech startups and more. She recently worked with Discovery Education, managing nearly 40 ongoing programs, including partnership launches with 3M’s “Young Scientist Challenge,” Lockheed Martin’s “Generation Beyond,” as well as other initiatives with the NBA, Chipotle, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Prior to this, Dara was a Senior Director of Communications for National Geographic Channels, providing corporate communications and consumer publicity for the entertainment cable television networks. She started her career in government relations and public affairs.
She is an adjunct professor of PR writing at American University’s School of Communications and is a contributing writer for Washington Life Magazine.