Kerry Hayes is the Principal of Key Public Strategies, which he founded in 2015.
Prior to founding KPS, Kerry was the Director of Public Relations for doug carpenter & associates. He was previously Special Assistant to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. for nearly three years, where his portfolio included work on social innovation, bicycle and pedestrian issues, and numerous projects related to talent retention, economic development, and livability.
His diverse professional background also includes work with Kroc Center, a 100,000-square-foot recreation, education, worship, and arts center; the Soulsville Foundation, a music and education organization in South Memphis; and Marwen, an after-school visual arts program for underserved Chicago adolescents.
Kerry is a 2002 cum laude graduate of Webster University. He serves on the advisory boards of the Urban Art Commission and the Memphis office of Facing History & Ourselves.