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A nurse administering a vaccine to a child in Africa. Chrysalis Communications helps global NGOS with strategic communications.

Transform ideas into action.

We help corporations, NGOs, and public figures shape narratives to influence the audiences who matter most.



We apply a campaign approach to communications, developing comprehensive strategies that identify who you need to reach, what they need to hear, and how to effectively break through to them. We tailor our strategies to your unique needs, goals, and capacity so they seamlessly fit into your existing operations.


Whether you're planning ahead to manage future threats or you’re already in the throes of a PR crisis, we’ve got you covered. We’ve successfully managed crises and scenario planning for former presidents, members of Congress, NGOs, and Fortune 100 companies.


Words matter. We'll work closely with you to develop compelling and memorable messages that resonate with your target audiences while reinforcing your larger narrative.


We'll build a custom media training to help you to master the art of talking to journalists, whether you need a series of all-day workshops or some quick practice calls before interviews. With more than a decade of experience speaking on the record to top tier media, we've prepared everyone from CEOs to President Obama.


Need additional support while you're building infrastructure? We're here to help, whether it’s providing strategic counsel, conducting trainings, copywriting, or lending extra hands to execute a specific project or campaign.

The process of butterfly metamorphosis illustrating the Chrysalis Communications approach to strategic communications
About Chrysalis

About Chrysalis Communications

Chrysalis is the stage in metamorphosis when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Inside the chrysalis, it undergoes a cellular reorganization transforming its existing parts into a new form, allowing it to realize its true self and take flight.


At Chrysalis Communications, we work with individuals and organizations to reshape their narratives by identifying, framing, and telling their existing stories in a purposeful and strategic way—preparing and guiding them through the next stage of their business or reputational journey.


From message development to reputation management to comprehensive communications strategies and everything between, we provide clients the exact tools they need to transform their public image, their ideas into action, and their crises into opportunities.

Jen Kohl, founder & CEO of DC strategic communications firm Chrysalis Communications

Jennifer Kohl

Founder & CEO
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Recognized by the Washington Post as one of D.C.’s “top image-makers,” Jen has nearly two decades of experience behind some of the most transformative individuals and moments of our time.


She’s served as a key strategist for U.S. and global leaders, corporations, and advocacy campaigns, from electing the first African Director-General of the World Health Organization to saving lives by raising awareness of the deadly Takata airbag recall.

Jen oversaw communications in a top battleground state for President Barack Obama’s reelection and served in his executive branch as the strategic communications advisor to FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg.

She also led communications for Nobel Peace Prize nominee and celebrity chef José Andrés and his three dozen restaurants at ThinkFoodGroup during a period of explosive growth for both.


Earlier in her career on Capitol Hill, she developed the strategy that elevated Congressman Elijah Cummings into a leading figure on oversight and the economy, and she served as a spokesperson on national security issues for Democrats as the communications director for the House Armed Services Committee.


Over the years, Jen built and led media relations teams of 45 people, led progressive issues campaigns and insights-driven corporate brand and reputation campaigns, and generated attention for her clients in every major Western print and broadcast media outlet, along with hundreds of regional and local outlets throughout the U.S., South America, Africa, and Europe.


Jen currently works with clients in the U.S., Europe, and Central America and can often be found ordering the entire dessert menu (and occasionally attempting to recreate it at home). 

Our work

We bring deep expertise and strategic thinking to create campaigns that help clients reach the next stage of their business or reputational goals. Here's a selection of who we've worked with (past and present).

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