Patrick Kerley
Patrick Kerley

Patrick Kerley, who led online strategy and digital communications for Republican Senator Ted Stevens from 2005 to 2009, is coming on board at D.C.-based creative advocacy shop Subject Matter as senior vice president of digital strategy.

Kerley joins Subject Matter from Burson Cohn & Wolfe, where he served as EVP, managing director, leading integrated communications campaigns, crisis response and digital strategy for multiple Fortune 500 and international clients. He previously led digital and social programs at Levick Strategic Communications.

In addition to supervising the digital operations of Stevens’ office, Kerley served as online communications director for the senator’s 2008 reelection campaign. Stevens lost that election following his conviction on seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.

Subject Matter founding partner Paul Frick says that Kerley’s hire will add to the agency’s “depth of experience and broad-based expertise.”

The firm's clients include Everytown for Gun Safety, the Association of American Railroads and the American Gaming Association.