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 so they can advance a progressive agenda that improves people’s lives.

Joanna has served as communications director or press secretary on political campaigns in the national, state, municipal and judicial arenas. She provides strategic consulting on media and messaging for a range of clients, including political candidates and campaigns, elected officials, government agencies and initiatives, non-governmental agencies and private sector entities.

Joanna was a 2011 New Leaders Council fellow and was a founding board member of Chicago Votes Action Fund. She was named as 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. Joanna co-produces The Girl Talk, a monthly live talk show at The Hideout dedicated to highlighting badass Chicago women hosted by award-winning teacher and activist Erika Wozniak and Block Club Chicago founder and editor Jen Sabella.


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 appealing to voters’ 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 — in Chicago and other markets — to ensure it gets done.

Building Capacity

People tend to like our trainings because we get right to the point, and keep it as interactive and fun as humanly possible.

Bringing Teams Together

Coordinating teams of communicators–including direct mail, TV/video consultants, digital strategists and online organizers–to make sure messaging and our strategic approach are cohesive and consistent.

Crisis Management

Guiding 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.


Past and present JKCS clients include:

Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate, 2020

Lightfoot for Chicago, 2019

American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 (Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 employees)

Cards Against Humanity

Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus

Chicago City Council Women’s Caucus

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Tax Assessor, 2018 and 2022

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Congress, 2018

Aaron Ortiz for State Representative, 2018

Alma Anaya for Cook County Commissioner, 2018

Bridget Degnen for Cook County Commissioner, 2018 and 2022

Aaron Ortiz for State Representative, 2018

Will Guzzardi for State Representative, 2012 and 2014

Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney, 2016

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32)

Former Black Caucus Chair Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer (6)

Marie Newman for Congress, 2018

Michael Rodriguez for 22nd Ward Alderman, 2019

Movement Voter Project

Former Latino Caucus Chair Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36)

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy

State Rep. Will Guzzardi

State Rep. Celina Villanueva

Solar City

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, on behalf of plaintiffs suing Sterigenics

Just Democracy Illinois/the Center for Secure and Modern Elections




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