Kitty Kurth is President of Kurth Lampe, a political consulting/public relations firm she founded with her husband, Kevin Lampe in 1996. Kurth Lampe is a Chicago-based consulting firm dedicated to the effective communication of its clients’ ideas, proposals, and viewpoints.
Experience Over the past several years Kurth Lampe has provided clients with wide ranging services such as public relations and communications strategies for individuals, groups and corporations on a national and international level; campaign and media relations to local, state and federal campaigns in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan; public affairs; and grassroots organizing for a variety of local and national non-profit groups.
Communications and Public Relations Kurth has provided individuals, corporations and organizations with strategic communications development, training, implementation, long term message development and crisis communications and reputation management.
Special Events Kurth has produced numerous special events for a variety of political, corporate, not-for-profit and entertainment clients. Events such as national conferences, theatrical productions, movie premieres, and fund raising events. Kurth Lampe was instrumental in bringing the National Summit on Africa Conference to cities all across the United States and in December of 2001, Kurth Lampe coordinated the Chicago premiere of the movie ALI.
Campaigns Kitty Kurth has worked on numerous campaigns serving in roles as campaign manager, press secretary, fundraiser, and advance coordinator. Kurth has served as a media consultant and general consultant for political races at every level from local to presidential including the role of Illinois campaign manager for Presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, national press and advance staff or the general election campaign of Governor Michael Dukakis and Illinois press secretary and spokesperson in the primary and advance person /organizer for Ron Brown’s campaign for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Training Kurth regularly provides training for candidates and campaign staff for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Women’s Campaign Fund, National Women’s Political Caucus, and other groups. In 2001, the U.S. State Department sent Kurth and Lampe to Uganda to conduct campaign-training workshops for women Members of Parliament, candidates, and activists.
Lectures and Media In 2000, the U. S. sent Kurth to India to lecture on U. S. Politics. Previously, she served as a guest lecturer on politics and organizing at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Kurth regularly appears as a guest on radio and television programs including WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss political issues and trends.
Advance Work Kurth has traveled across the world and across the country doing advance work for candidates, corporations, and NGO’s. She has worked in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia and in the countries of Egypt, France, Russia, and Switzerland.
Prior Experience Before forming Kurth Lampe, Kurth handled public relations and communications strategies for several national projects and non-governmental organizations. In 1996, she also served as Executive Director of the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s election office. This was the first ever rank-and-file election of the international president of the union.
In 1995, Kurth joined the political communications firm of Austin Sheinkopf as vice president, where she served as a consultant for a number of Congressional and Senatorial races.
In 1994, Kurth served as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 1994 election cycle. At the DCCC, she consulted with Democratic congressional candidates across the country on campaign communications strategies. Kurth also designed and implemented campaign-training programs for Members of Congress, challenger and open seat candidates as well as House and campaign press secretaries.
In 1992, she worked with Paul Tsongas and Warren Rudman to found the Concord Coalition where she served as Director of National Field Operations. At the Coalition, Kurth supervised a field staff, which built statewide organizations in all 50 states during its first six months of operation. Kurth served as Illinois state coordinator for Presidential Candidate Paul Tsongas.
In the 1992 and 1996 general election cycle, she did advance work for Clinton/Gore and in the 2000 general election cycle she did advance work for Gore/Lieberman.
Kurth is active in the Chicago community, where she is a board member of the Friends of the Parks, City Club, and Terrapin Theater. She is the past chairperson of the Independent Voter’s for Illinois, Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO). She holds a bachelor’s degree in History for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.