Ryan C. Kelly is a cofounder of the Primacy Strategy Group in addition to serving as the President and CEO. He also serves on the PSG Board of Governors and is the Principal of Synergetic Endeavors
Primacy Strategy Group is a 50/50 joint-venture between Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. (LGN), a Minnesota-based law firm with state and federal lobbying teams and Synergetic Endeavors, a St. Paul-based consulting firm specializing in grassroots advocacy, public relations, coalition building and association management.
Mr. Kelly is a skilled and experienced strategist delivering successful outcomes for clients at the congressional, state and local levels. He has managed legislative efforts on behalf of his clients including multi-state and national lobbying initiatives as well as state-based and national campaigns to recruit and mobilize grassroots and grasstops advocates.
Prior to founding Synergetic Endeavors in 2005, he honed his political skills through multiple campaigns, including serving as campaign manager for Randy Kelly, his father, during his successful bid to become Mayor of Saint Paul. Mr. Kelly later served as a key transition advisor and managed the political arm of the elder Kelly’s mayoral administration.
Over the past decade, Mr. Kelly has also managed public relations efforts for numerous companies and organizations looking to enhance their strategic communications and message development efforts, including mid-sized businesses, large non-profit organizations, advocacy coalitions, and major national conventions. Mr. Kelly serves as a strategic advisor and business development consultant for multiple companies, assisting them in increasing their public profile, political footprint, and penetration rate with C-Suite decision makers and help drive new revenue for their business.
Utilizing an extensive network in the corporate, political, and non-profit sectors, Mr. Kelly also brings a tried and tested track record of results in fundraising. From the non-profit sector to the political arena, his fundraising background is rich with projects that produced record-breaking results. He and his team are considered relentless fundraisers, raising millions of dollars from a wide network of supporters who at times would have seemed unlikely advocates and contributors.
Under his leadership, Mr. Kelly and his team have also built a reputation over the past decade for planning and managing original and impactful events, ranging from directing all aspects of major state and national conventions to tending to every detail of high-profile private events.
Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.