Kevin Chaffee

Kevin Chaffee

Senior Advisor

Kevin Chaffee is a respected figure within Washington, D.C. society, culture, and the arts, known for his expertise in public and media relations, event planning, and strategic visibility initiatives for both U.S. and international clients. He has planned VIP attendance and media strategy for the 25th anniversary gala of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, the 2015 Smithsonian Institution National Folklife Festival the Washington National Opera, and foreign embassies.

As senior editor of Washington Life Magazine since 1999, Chaffee plays a pivotal role in shaping the narrative of D.C. society. He assigns reporting and editing and oversees all materials prior to publication. His travel articles have included stories from numerous countries. He also helps plan and execute the publication’s social events, among them its 15th and 25th anniversary celebrations.

During his tenure as an arts and features editor at The Washington Times from 1991 to 2008, Chaffee contributed over 1,000 articles illuminating the social, cultural, diplomatic, and philanthropic landscapes of the nation’s capital. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Town & Country, the Baltimore Sun, Washington Monthly, and George.

Chaffee was a speechwriter and communications specialist during the Reagan Administration for officials at the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet level. He edited and contributed to the travel book, Fifty Maps of Washington, D.C. and contributed to three successive editions of The Almanac of American Politics. He was the founding managing editor of Campaigns & Elections and authored multiple news-breaking research projects for the Center for Public Integrity and the Citizens Research Foundation that were widely seen to have helped reform campaign finance abuses. He has consulted for many other organizations and institutions, including Congressional Quarterly, National Journal and the Electronics Industry Association.

In the arts, Chaffee was assistant screenwriter for The Walker, a consultant and fundraiser for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a trustee of The Source Theatre, a board member of the Washington Project for the Arts and an advisor to Love Fútbol.

Chaffee has A.B. and M.A. degrees from Georgetown University and an M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.