Jim Boyle


Communications strategist Jim Boyle has a 32-year track record of success in political and corporate messaging, trade association positioning, investor and government relations and integrated consumer marketing communications.

A frequent TV guest and source for stories on higher education issues, Jim became a recognized expert on education technology, finance and politics as the former president of College Parents of America and the vice president of brand marketing and corporate communications at Sallie Mae.

Most recently, at LM&O Advertising, Inc., he oversaw the mid-Atlantic region’s biggest advertising account: the $90 million per year National Guard recruitment contract, where his team pioneered advertising through such then-innovative channels as text messages, mobile apps, online search, music videos and short-film movie theater promotions.

Throughout the 1990’s, Jim served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for Discovery Communications, Inc., during a time of rapid domestic and international growth (from an asset value of less than $100 million to greater than $1.2 billion). There, he headed both internal and external communications, greatly contributing to reputation management of what became the world’s most respected media brand, Discovery Channel.

In the late 1980s, as employee #17 at CNBC, Jim created the corporate communications and community relations function for NBC’s first venture into cable television.

Jim began his public affairs career as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, where he served as chief spokesperson for two members of Congress. A native of Detroit, Jim holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, where he was a National Merit Scholar.

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Kellie M. Boyle


For the past 20 years, Kellie has worked both independently and with top DC area agencies to counsel a wide variety of private, public, association and non-profit clients. It was during the first decade of her career as a communications consultant to political parties and candidates, however, that she became skilled at developing precise and powerful messaging to inspire target audiences. Kellie’s expertise has since been sought by senior executives and public spokesmen for crafting speeches and presentations, preparing for media interviews, and creating online, print and video content.

In the past, Kellie represented, among other clients, tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, who was later played by Russell Crowe in the movie, “The Insider.” And she led the state advocacy and communications component of the Centers for Disease Control’s historic “America Responds to AIDS” campaign.

Examples of other clients for whom she has provided crisis communications counsel, online visibility services and other communications support include Johnson Controls and PriceWaterhouseCoopers; the Veterans Administration and the Small Business Administration; the American Medical Association and United Fresh Produce; and The Conservation Fund and the American Red Cross.

Kellie graduated from the University of Delaware with a B. A. in public relations and political science. She and Jim have two sons.

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