kivvitKivvit on Wednesday announced two hires for the Washington, D.C.-based PR agency specializing in public affairs.

Thomas Kelley, previously a member of the White House’s first-ever Office of Digital Strategy, has been named Digital & Social Advocacy Coordinator.

Damian Bednarz, previously a senior official with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), who also worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, will serve as Director in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

Kelley will help Kivvit’s clients implement emerging technologies that employ multi-channel communications. Bednarz’s digital strategy experience and expertise in energy policy and international affairs will enable the firm to expand into new markets, the agency said.