Kara Kennedy, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has worked extensively in the areas of Public Relations, media relations, social media and marketing, and is currently the Social Media Strategist for Samford University and Director of External Relations of the Brock School of Business. Kara heads all campus-wide social media initiatives, policies and monitoring for the university, as well as media relations, public relations and social media for the Brock School of Business. Shortly after joining the Brock School of Business in June of 2007, she headed the PR team that implemented the successful strategy that branded the Samford School of Business, the Brock School of Business.
Kara’s experience also includes PR, marketing, Public Affairs and fundraising for the American Red Cross National Office in Washington, DC. After 9/11 she worked in disaster public affairs to help victims of the September 11 tragedy. She also worked with the Red Cross Public Affairs team to help prepare the organization for Capitol Hill press conferences and hearings in the days following September 11.
Kara has a background working with political organizations on both sides of the aisle. Her early political work includes, working with Alabama Governor Guy Hunt’s campaign during his bid for a second term in office and then serving with Governor Hunt’s administration through 1993. She also worked in politics doing project work with The International Republican Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. Kara still volunteers from time-to-time for state and local campaigns.
After returning to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama in 2006, Kara started her public relations consulting firm Kennedy Resource Development, and in 2015, she changed the name of her consulting firm to Kimbrough PR and Media Strategies. In the spring of 2007 and prior to joining the Brock School of Business, Kara worked with the Gaffey Group of Atlanta, Georgia on EU Ambassador John Bruton’s visit to Alabama.
Kara has a BA in Communications and Political Science from Auburn University, where she was member of the Delta Gamma fraternity, (DG). Currently, she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Alabama Chapter.
Kara supports and works with a number of nonprofit organizations that support the arts. She also supports animal organizations that promote rescue and adoption. She is the volunteer Executive Director for the North Jefferson Arts Alliance (formerly the Fultondale Arts Council) where she works with a volunteer board of directors to promote the arts in North Jefferson County, Alabama. She lives in the North Jefferson County area with her dogs, rescues Louie and Maggie and her Scottish Terrier, Winston.