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. As the founder and creative director of JVA Campaigns, Jonathan is intimately involved in all of the work we do, but he enjoys specializing in ballot initiatives, and public affairs, and in conducting voter contact tests and experiments. See Full Bio

Kyle McDermott

Born into a family of steelworkers and teachers, Kyle McDermott worked in the labor movement for over ten years, serving in key roles in the United Steelworkers, the Ohio AFL-CIO, and AFSCME. Kyle served as executive director of the Ohio Democratic Party from 2011 through 2013, and his campaign expertise has taken him to battlegrounds all across the country. See Full Bio

A.J. Stokes

A native of Toledo, Ohio, A.J. Stokes got his start in the Teamsters union, ultimately serving in a national role in Washington, D.C., for seven years. A.J. returned to Ohio to manage the campaign to take back the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served as chief of staff to Speaker Armond Budish for two years. In 2011, A.J. took a leave of absence from JVA to manage a state labor battle that earned him recognition as "Campaign Manager of the Year." See Full Bio

Meredith Tucker

Meredith Tucker has worked on countless political and issue campaigns, guiding local, state, and federal candidates, non-profits, and labor organizations in strategic messaging and media relations. She receives well-deserved respect from members of the Ohio press, who recognize her to be a seasoned communications professional. See Full Bio

Megan Wickersham

Megan Wickersham brings her vast experience orchestrating successful voter contact and public affairs campaigns for candidates, political committees, and nonprofits to her role as our chief operating officer (COO). 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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