Benjamin J. Kirby has worked in politics, federal and local government, and issue advocacy for twenty years.
Currently he is the Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. Previously he was the Principal of Typeset Media Strategies, serving non-profits, political leaders, and drivers of community conversations: we provide writing services, social media content, and communications strategy.
He served as Communications Manager for a special taxing authority in Pinellas County, Florida which provides critical services to at-risk youth and underprivileged families. He has served in the non-profit sector, working for a healthcare education organization seeking to serve kidney patients and their families. He was also the Communications Director for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), an education and advocacy group dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Before healthcare education and advocacy, he served in staff and volunteer capacities in political campaigns, most recently volunteering for the successful Keith Fitzgerald for State House (69th District, Florida) campaign in 2006, and his subsequent re-election in 2008. He advised Greg Galligan for State Senate (39th District, Virginia) in 2003 and conducted research for the successful Mark Sickles for Delegate (43rd District, Virginia) campaign, also in 2003. In 2002, he served as Field Director for Arkansas' first female gubernatorial nominee, Jimmie Lou Fisher, and as Campaign Manager for Jan Schneider’s first bid against Katherine Harris for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. His first campaign was with the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign of 1992 in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
During the Clinton Administration, Benjamin served as the first Public Affairs Officer of the United States Parole Commission within the U.S. Department of Justice, where he developed the Commission’s first website. In 1998, he developed a website for the First Lady’s White House Millennium Council. He worked for more than five years serving two Drug Czars as an Administrative Assistant and Scheduler in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also held a variety of research and administrative positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin now lives in Gulfport, Florida with his wife and daughter. While working for the Clinton Administration, Benjamin went to school in the evening, and received an undergraduate degree in Political Communication from George Mason University.
- George Mason UniversityPolitical Communication, 1993 - 2001
- St. Petersburg Mayor Rick KrisemanCommunications Director, 2014 - present
- JWB Children's Services CouncilCommunications Manager, 2007 - 2013
- American Association of Kidney PatientsCommunications Manager, 2006 - 2007
- Parkinson's Action NetworkCommunications Director, 2003 - 2006
- Jimmie Lou Fisher for GovernorField Director, 2002 - 2002
- Jan Schneider for CongressCampaign Manager, 2002 - 2002
- U.S. Department of JusticePublic Affairs Officer, 1999 - 2001
- White House Millennium CouncilInformation Systems Coordinator, 1998 - 1999
- Office of National Drug Control PolicyStaff Assistant/Scheduler, 1993 - 1998
- U.S. Department of AgricultureResearch Assistant, 1993 - 1993
- White House Presidential PersonnelStaff Assistant, 1993 - 1993
- Clinton/Gore 1992Staff Assistant, 1992 - 1993