The Jamestown difference is found in our philosophy, our work ethic, and our winning record. With offices in Washington, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, our clients benefit from a national firm’s experience and are not saddled with Inside-the-Beltway thinking.
Our team includes award-winning editors, designers, and the best political minds in the business. Meet our leadership team below.
Larry Weitzner | CEO
Larry Weitzner is the CEO of Jamestown Associates, one of the nation’s premier political consulting firms specializing in television advertising, campaign strategy, direct mail, and issue communications. Jamestown consists of a team of award-winning editors, designers, and top-tier political strategists from across the country.
Larry Weitzner was the lead ad maker for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign, and Jamestown’s roster of clients spans the United States. It includes Governors Charlie Baker, Chris Sununu, Matt Bevin, Chris Christie, George Pataki, Jodi Rell, and Linda Lingle, Republican Jewish Coalition, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Club for Growth, Republican National Committee, George P. Bush, Congressmen Tim Walberg, Fred Upton, Warren Davidson, Mark Sanford, Roger Williams, Sam Johnson, Leonard Lance, Dennis Ross, Ron DeSantis, Charlie Dent, and Trey Hollingsworth. It also includes major corporations and government agencies like Pfizer, J&J, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
The ads Jamestown has produced are talked about across the media, having been featured on Meet the Press, ABC, NBC and CBS Nightly News, Crossfire, Hannity, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Campaigns and Elections, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other news and political publications.
In 2016, Jamestown had a banner year. The firm produced over 22 million pieces of mail, 398 TV, radio, and web ads, received 9 Pollies and 8 Reed Awards, and marked four straight years of helping to elect governors – Chris Sununu, Matt Bevin, Charlie Baker, and Chris Christie.
Weitzner has a Bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, and a law degree from Seton Hall University. He and his wife Jackie have two children, Greg and Perry.
Barney Keller | Partner
Barney Keller is a Partner at Jamestown Associates, and an award-winning Republican media strategist.
In 2016, Barney produced the winning TV ads and direct mail for Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH). In less than three months Davidson, who started as an unknown businessman, came from behind to win a 20-way special election to replace Speaker John Boehner in the House of Representatives. Barney also wrote and produced ads and mail for Governor Chris Sununu (NH) and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (IN), and worked on independent expenditure and issue advocacy campaigns in support of Senator Pat Toomey (PA), Senator Rand Paul (KY), and Congressman Jim Banks (IN), among others.
Barney came to Jamestown after serving four years as the Communications Director of the Club for Growth. During his tenure at the Club, Barney helped lead the organization’s issue advocacy campaigns, and acted as their primary spokesman. He also served as a political and communications adviser to the Club’s affiliated PAC and Super-PAC. Prior to joining the Club for Growth, Barney served as the Deputy Communications Director on Pat Toomey’s winning campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He also worked on Rick Lazio’s campaign for Governor of New York, and was Communications Director at the Massachusetts Republican Party, and Press Secretary at the New Hampshire Republican Party. He got his start in politics as Press Secretary on Jim Ogonowski’s campaign for Congress in Massachusetts.
A communications and political expert, Barney has been quoted by The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and newspapers across the country. He’s been a guest on FOX News, FOX Business Channel, MSNBC, and other TV news outlets.
A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Barney graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in both Economics and Sociology. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and dog Rory.
Jon Kohan | Partner
Jon Kohan is a Partner at Jamestown Associates. Prior to re-joining the firm in January of 2017, he led some of America's most nationally watched and fiercely contested races over the past two cycles.
Most recently, Kohan led Senator Kelly Ayotte’s re-election effort in New Hampshire, which finished as the most expensive per capita U.S. Senate race ever – totaling nearly $130 million spent when the dust settled. In this capacity, he managed a $17.7 million budget and led a team of 35 full-time and over 200 part-time staff that raised over $14 million, served 130 million targeted impressions on TV and online, and made 1.3 million voter contacts in a state with roughly the same population.
Prior to the Ayotte campaign, Kohan served as Senator Joni Ernst’s Deputy Chief of Staff, helping to manage her office and political activities. In 2014 he managed Ernst’s electrifying victory in Iowa, earning him Campaign Manager of the Year honors from the American Association of Political Consultants.
In 2013, Kohan managed Congressman Mark Sanford’s impressive come-from-behind special election victory in South Carolina, despite being outspent two-to-one. Campaigns & Elections Magazine named him a Rising Star after orchestrating Sanford’s astonishing victory. He went on to serve as Sanford’s Chief of Staff, managing 16 staffers across three offices. Sanford was the only member of the SC congressional delegation to run unopposed in 2014, after facing 16 opponents the year prior.
From 2011-2012, Kohan worked at Jamestown as an account executive, primarily focused on media production and independent expenditure work, as well as assisting campaigns on the ground in South Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey and other parts of the country.
From 2005-2011, Kohan worked on campaigns in New Jersey and served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A native of New Jersey, Kohan graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife Brittany, who attends Duke Divinity School.
Lisa Morrison | COO
Lisa Morrison is the Chief Operating Officer of Jamestown Associates.
Lisa joined the firm in 2005, and has extensive campaign experience in a variety of states and levels of government, having helped lead clients to victory in New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan. She has worked with gubernatorial, senatorial, congressional and issue campaigns across the country, and has also created persuasive media for government and corporate clients.
Lisa graduated cum laude in history from Bob Jones University. She lives with her husband in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Ben Hartman | Executive Vice President
Ben Hartman joined Jamestown Associates as the firm’s Executive Vice President after successfully managing Governor Matt Bevin’s campaign in Kentucky. With Ben’s help, Gov. Bevin became only the second Republican to hold that office in 44 years, and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, became the first African-American ever to be elected statewide.
Before the big win in Kentucky, Ben was the Campaign Manager for Texas Congressman Randy Weber, who replaced retiring Congressman Ron Paul, as well as U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf in Kansas. In addition, he worked as a field operative for Congressmen Michael McCaul and Bill Flores in Texas, and managed the Victory Operation of the Connecticut Republican Party.
Among Ben’s biggest accomplishments since joining Jamestown was assisting the independent expenditure effort that helped flip the Kentucky House of Representatives from Democrat to Republican control for the first time since 1921.
Ben Hartman is a veteran of the United States Navy. A native of Houston, Texas, he now lives in Austin.