Welcome to JVA Campaigns

Advocacy, Politics, Public Affairs

Jonathan Varner

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 Campaigns, which has worked from California to Maine, and many places in between. See Full Bio

Kyle McDermott

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. See Full Bio

Jason Perkey

Jason Perkey has managed and worked in local, state, and national campaigns for over a decade, including President Barack Obama's '08 presidential campaign and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's 2011 re-election bid. The bulk of Jason’s political experience stems from working inside State Democratic Parties in Kentucky, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, as well as alongside grassroots leaders. See Full Bio

Megan Renner

A native of Illinois, Renner has over a decade’s experience in political direct mail. Prior to joining JVA Campaigns, Megan orchestrated successful voter contact and public affairs campaigns for candidates, political committees, and nonprofits for firms in Arizona and Washington, DC. See Full Bio

A.J. Stokes

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. See Full Bio

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We’ve developed legislative advocacy plans, conducted organization-to-member outreach and public pressure campaigns, and engaged in direct, "small scale" communication with key stakeholders. With our extensive background in communications and media relations, we are ideally positioned to guide organizations in the development and delivery of strategic messaging. Our team achieves the greatest success when we’re with you from day one, helping you plan ahead and play the long game.


Our political team specializes in direct mail, digital advertising, and general consulting, and together, we have decades of experience in high-stakes campaigns. In other words, we know how to win! Whether you’re running for county commissioner, seeking statewide office, or are spearheading a ballot initiative campaign, we’ll work with you from day one to develop a strategic blueprint that is tailor-made for the unique circumstances of your campaign.

Public Affairs

We have served as public affairs counsel for major corporations, labor unions, and non-profit associations. We win big battles and navigate difficult situations by bringing together some of the best minds in the industry, and by using an integrated approach to communications. Our clients know we’ll tackle their biggest problems with a deft touch and a smart strategy that was designed specifically for them.

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Where We’ve Been

JVA Campaigns has worked on issues and projects across the country. States in which we’ve had "boots on the ground" are in green, and the locations of JVA offices are denoted by gold stars.

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