ABOUT KK & CO
KK & Co is a certified woman owned business with the Small Business Association and specializes in strategic communications, public affairs, fundraising and development. We teach the KK & Co Way which is based on our experience in fast paced environments. We were trained to bring a 24/7, high intensity work ethic to our clients and our associates have learned to do the same. We are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have spent our careers traveling and living throughout the Midwest and Washington, DC. We bring decades of experience to the table and have extensive experience navigating the corporate, non-profit, media and political worlds.
Kirsten is a communications professional who is an outside the box thinker and good on her feet. She has made numerous local and national television appearances and has found her way out of more than a few crisis situations over the years.
Her past experience includes stints in the House of Representatives and briefly the U.S. Senate after a successful campaign to elect U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. She’s climbed the ladder of national politics, serving for five years as the National Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee under Chairman Reince Priebus whom she worked with in Wisconsin. In January of 2016 she joined Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign as his Communications Director before heading to run the communications operations for the 2016 Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. She is now a recovering Washingtonian who escaped the beltway bubble to come back to the real world in the Twin Cities where she grew up.
Over the past decade Kirsten has taught herself to excel in high pressure, fast paced environments. She has extensive experience in crisis communications, media relations, communications planning and strategy, grassroots advocacy, social media campaigns, media placement, opposition research, media booking, media training and writing.
In addition to statewide political, non-profit and corporate clients, Kirsten recently finished a fellowship at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics where she taught a course called "The American Political Playbook – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It," analyzing the 2016 election.
Read her full bio on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirsten-kukowski
Kristen is a fundraising, grassroots and public relations professional who brings over a decade of experience to work for her clients. Kristen launched her business in 2015 following years of work in political, corporate and non-profit worlds. From 2009-2013, Kristen was VP for Accounts at one of the top grassroots Public Affairs firms in the Twin Cities where she represented clients in Western and Midwestern states on a variety of issues. Kristen’s grassroots expertise stems from years of experience building coalitions and partnerships and coordinating earned media campaigns for national associations in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Arizona and Utah.
Prior to starting her firm she coordinated raising over seven-million dollars for a first-time U.S. senate candidate in Minnesota and currently advises numerous clients on their development and fundraising needs. Whether it’s fundraising, grassroots or media, Kristen excels in organizing for her clients and achieving measurable goals for the organizations she believes in.
For KK & Co, Kristen leads fundraising development, media outreach, grassroots partner recruitment and helps organizations build for long-term sustainability.
Read her full bio on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-sheehan
Mary brings a knowledgeable background in grassroots operations and networking to KK & Co. Most recently, Mary worked on the Government Relations and Grassroots Advocacy team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen where she coordinated event logistics for events that ranged from 8 to 400 participants, scheduled and staffed media tours for elected officials throughout the state, and organized volunteers for clients including events for one of Minnesota’s 2017 school bond referendums.
Prior to that Mary served as a field staffer for Congressman Erik Paulsen’s reelection campaign in 2016 where she oversaw grassroots operations including parades, lit drops, door knocking, and GOTV phone banks. She also used her communication skills to keep activists, constituents, local businesses in the 3rd congressional district updated on the congressman’s legislation, voting record and district events.
Mary fits in well with the KK & Co way, being highly organized, providing quality materials in short timeframes, and communicating effectively. Mary graduated with a Bachelor degree in Arts from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has a comprehensive major in International Relations.
Read her full bio on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-frassetto-99440295/
Chelsea is a skilled public relations and communications professional known for building relationships with press and policymakers, tailoring messaging to fit brands and engage diverse audiences, and creating compelling media narratives through both social and earned media.
She started her career as a communications intern for the Emmer for Governor Campaign in 2010 before landing in the Minnesota House of Representatives where she spent eight years with the House Republican Caucus, including five as a communications specialist. In that role, she assisted lawmakers, members of leadership and committee chairs with communications, public relations and media outreach, successfully placing meaningful stories in newspaper, radio and television outlets across the state.
Chelsea is organized, creative and passionate about building a strong brand and delivering meaningful results to clients. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in advertising and political science.