Joanna Klonsky Communication Strategies is the Chicago-based communications consultancy founded and managed by media strategist Joanna Klonsky. JKCS helps political candidates, elected officials, corporations, government agencies, advocacy organizations and other civic organizations create and implement strategies for communicating with their target audiences. Joanna has represented members of Congress and the U.S. Senate, high profile #MeToo survivors, environmental organizations combating climate change, advocacy campaigns working to pass sweeping legislation, and much more. And she’s convened diverse coalitions of stakeholders, including labor movement, business, faith and community leaders to advance complex projects and programs.

Joanna was one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40 in 2016 and one of Chicago Magazine‘s “New Power Players” in 2019. In 2015, she was named Chicago’s “Best Political Flack” by the Chicago Reader. She was a 2011 New Leaders Council fellow and a co-founder of Chicago Votes. From 2016-2020, Joanna co-produced The Girl Talk, a popular monthly live talk show dedicated to highlighting badass Chicago women.

Joanna resides in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. She is a passionate WNBA and NBA fan and karaoke enthusiast.


JKCS is a lean, efficient shop. We focus on:

Communications Strategies

We’re all about telling clear and compelling stories, drawing sharp contrast with opponents and competitors and appealing to audiences’ values, self-interest and common sense.

Generating Coverage

We work with reporters, editors, columnists and producers to make sure our clients’ stories and perspectives are represented their way, on a regular basis, in front of lots of people. We’ve worked hard to create durable and trusting relationships with members of the media — nationally as well as in Chicago and other markets — to ensure it gets done.

Building Capacity

We train clients and prepare them for public appearances, media interviews and more. Our trainings and prep sessions get right to the point and keep it as interactive and fun as humanly possible.

Bringing Teams Together

We coordinate teams of communicators–including direct mail, TV/video consultants, digital strategists and online organizers–to make sure messaging and our strategic approach are cohesive, consistent and targeted effectively. And we convene stakeholders–labor movement, business, community and government leaders–to advance complex projects and programs.

Crisis Management

We guide clients in response to public crises related to their own images and reputations. You might not realize it’s us behind the scenes helping public figures respond to big problems with discipline and dignity, but we’re there.

Select past and present clients include U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia; Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi; the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704; Cards Against Humanity; the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Just Democracy Illinois; the Center for Secure and Modern Elections; Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago; the National Public Housing Museum; and the National Domestic Workers Alliance; among others. 




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