The leadership team at KO knows how to get it done and deliver the knock-out.

Our team has led some of the biggest campaigns for elected officials on the national, state and local levels.  We’ve advised members of Congress, governors, mayors and local officials.  We’ve built campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike.  We’ve helped confirm a Supreme Court nominee.  Our creative work has won Emmies and Pollies.

Get to know our first-class team of dedicated professionals and what we can do for you. 


Steve Kearney

A founding partner of KO, Steve Kearney has led communications for two governors, Cardinal William Keeler, a top DC lobbying firm and, since founding KO Public Affairs, has advised leading nonprofit and corporate clients, including more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies, on a broad range of communications matters. He has been a strategist on many of the MidAtlantic’s most challenging public policy and development projects, and has served as a consultant to European, South American and African governments seeking to improve relationships within the United States. He also helped lead debate prep for Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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Damian O’Doherty

Founding partner, Damian O’Doherty’s career encompasses almost 20 years of experience in business, media, government and politics.  His influence and creativity has impacted some of the country’s most prolific ventures, acquisitions, advertisements, and real estate developments.

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Rick Abbruzzese

Rick Abbruzzese has a long successful record of advocacy in Maryland. Prior to joining KO, Rick served as Vice President, Public Affairs for a multi-national real estate investment and development group where he led public relations, government affairs and marketing campaigns for numerous investment funds and development projects throughout the United States and Canada. In this role, Rick oversaw the development of place-making and experiential marketing campaigns in Maryland, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

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Beth Levine

Beth Levine brings nearly 20 years of strategic communications, crisis management, government and political experience to KO.

Prior to joining KO, Beth led communications efforts for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Capitol Hill, Beth provided strategic communications advice on various matters such as criminal justice reform, social issues, patents, privacy, prescription drugs, agriculture, executive branch oversight, and the Judiciary.

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Laura Toraldo

Laura is an experienced communications professional with a proven track record of success.  Laura not only develops the basics of a layered and targeted communications plan and issue advocacy campaign, but also thinks creatively and beyond traditional industry tactics, resulting in a tailored path to success for the firm’s clients.

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Laird Bunch

Laird Bunch runs the KO Public Affairs Delaware office. He brings almost 20 years experience in various aspects of the real estate industry. He is President of Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Wilmington.


Destinee Easton

Destinee supports KO’s communications efforts and daily operations. She is skilled in research, media management, administration, and professional communications. Destinee provides quality assistance for our team while attentively working to support execution of account tactics and strategies, contributing to the overall success of our clients.

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Stephen Kuhn

Stephen Kuhn heads up KO’s efforts in California and the Western United States. He is an experienced executive with 30+ years of experience leading media, technology, finance, wine industry and nonprofit organizations.

Dillon O’Brian

Dillon O’Brian has won nominations and awards from the Grammys, the Pollies, and the Emmys. He's written for the biggest names in music, including the Temptations, Ringo Starr, and Shakira, and performed with everyone from Tracy Chapman to Ed Sheeran to Bonnie Raitt. A Baltimore native, Dillon has produced, composed and performed a wide variety of music for television, including themes for The Office, The $100,000 Pyramid, My Name Is Earl, The Bastard Executioner, and signature songs for FX's Sons of Anarchy