Corley Kenna is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience. As Senior Director for Global Communications and PR at Patagonia, she has the best job in the world.
Corley began her career in government and politics. She got her start with Congressman John Lewis (GA) and Senator Zell Miller (GA) and later worked for Senator Tom Carper (DE). Corley is also a political campaign operative, having spent election cycles with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Hillary for New York and Hillary for President. She rounded out her time in government in the Obama administration, serving as a Senior Advisor in the US State Department in the office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
As Managing Director and Chief of Staff to the CEO of Burson-Marsteller, Corley built and maintained global client and media relationships at one of the world's leading communication agencies. As Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Communications at Ralph Lauren, she led media response and strategy for all corporate affairs and crisis situations.
At Patagonia, Corley oversees all product, brand and internal communications. She led the strategy for Patagonia's 2018 midterm election efforts and the communication strategy for the Company's lawsuit against the Trump Administration and 100% for the Planet, a Black Friday initiative which resulted in $10 million in donations to environmental nonprofits around the world. She also leads the communication strategy for other company priorities including the protection of public lands and waters and building awareness for environmental and social issues associated with retail supply chains and traditional agricultural systems.
Corley is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in California.
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