Kelly CarneS, CEO
CEO and founder, Kelly Carnes, has more than 13 years of experience in Public Relations.
She spent the majority of her early career at the Smithsonian Institution, serving first at the Smithsonian Castle, then the National Museum of Natural History where she spent a decade elbow-deep in the coolest science on Earth, before transitioning to head Communications at the Smithsonian’s Contemporary Art arm, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In her time at the Smithsonian, she had the opportunity to film all over the Institution’s 19 facilities, research centers and the national zoo for the Smithsonian Channel, appeared on camera herself as the host of Smithsonian SmartNews, posed memorably as the living Hope Diamond Barbie, FedExed the Nation’s T. Rex from Montana to Washington, and ushered in the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn with 40 of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists from the top of One World Trade Center.
That experience in the visual arts built a foundation for a transition to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As Director of Public Relations for all non-classical programming she repped hip hop, comedy, jazz, international programming, theater, dance, ballet, the expansion project, and the JFK Centennial. Also responsible for the Center’s signature annual events, the Spring Gala, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and Kennedy Center Honors, she managed red carpets walked by cultural luminaries like Bill Murray, Al Pacino, Emma Stone, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Jane Curtin, Paul Shaffer, Mavis Staples and James Taylor.
The only adventure that scared her more than whether Miley Cyrus was going to stick to script...was to strike out on her own and open her own shop, bringing her wealth of diverse experience at two of America’s biggest brand names to the people and places she feels passionate about. Savvy to both her strengths as well as her weaknesses, she’s constantly exercising her vast network to connect with other talented professionals who can complement her creative communications services. So, if you want a side of marketing to go with that, graphics, photography or video, we've got you covered. Carnes&Co. will always keep you in good company.
Kelly On Camera
Meg Levine, Director of Operations and Resarch
Local to DC, Meg enjoys dogs, letterpress printing and deep research. She's the behind-the-scenes brains and muscle that keeps Carnes&Co. running smoothly.
Ashley Guevara, Communications Coordinator
Ashley Guevara was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is best known for being an expert planner. Guevara has just graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas with her Bachelor of Business Administration where she majored in Marketing. She would like to work in the arts industry, using her degree and driven personality to emphasize the importance of arts and culture in our society.
Guevara is a proud alum of the Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassador's Program as well as a longtime League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) member. In 2017 Guevara was named the LULAC National Young Adult Woman of the Year for her work in Austin. During her free time she loves to attend live music events and spend time with her dog Bronco.