Kelley Quinn

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SVP Strategy & Crisis Communications

Kelley Quinn, Purpose Brand’s senior vice president for strategy and crisis communications, served as top spokesperson for former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and in the administrations of two governors.

Kelley has earned respect as a communication leader who delivers significant and measurable results for nonprofits, companies, governmental agencies and high-profile political leaders. Kelley immerses herself in a client’s activities, developing a deep understanding of their business to deliver targeted, effective and impactful campaigns. 

Prior to joining Purpose Brand, Kelley served as Midwest communications director for Uber Technologies. Working with community leaders, Kelley developed a true grassroots campaign pushing back on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ride-share tax. She mobilized hard-hitting media coverage that demonstrated the effect on lower-income Chicagoans living in transit deserts and on Uber drivers, the majority of which live on the South and West Sides. As a result, state legislators tabled a bill that would have reclassified gig economy workers as full employees, succeeding where a much larger PR team in California failed. 

Kelley also was responsible for communications strategy in Uber Freight’s planned takeover of the Old Chicago Post Office. Converting the iconic landmark into a global freight logistics hub required a deep understanding of local stakeholders and development needs. By working closely with developers, architects, press, government and local community organizations, Kelley secured extensive, worldwide media coverage. 

In three years as Chicago’s communications director, Kelley was responsible for media strategy for the whole city, coordinating spokespeople across nearly 30 departments, including the Department of Planning and Development and the Chicago Transit Authority. She managed crisis communications and guided the rollout of economic development initiatives such as the relocation of Motorola Solutions and DHL to the city. Kelley also served on Lori Lightfoot’s mayoral transition team, building her media relations from the ground up, and keeps in close touch with aldermen and City Hall staff.

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Passionate about

  • Positively impacting the lives of children
  • Staying on top of current events
  • Deep sea fishing
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