Kurt Kehl

Since 2010 I have taught in the Sports Industry Management program, focusing on leadership and management as well as digital media and consumer engagement.

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I also serve as a capstone advisor.


My communications and marketing career began at Washington & Jefferson College, followed by more than a decade at Princeton University before coming to the D.C. market to lead communications for the Washington Capitals. I then became the lead for corporate and executive communications when Ted Leonsis founded Monumental Sports & Entertainment and later worked for an independent positioning consultancy, representing Monumental and Leonsis.


Currently I am the managing director of communications and marketing at the Institute for Humane Studies, which is affiliated with George Mason University. At IHS, I have been charged with assembling and leading a metric-driven communications and marketing team that focuses on content creation, digital and social media channels, third-party partnerships, video production, marketing campaigns, media relations and thought leadership.


As senior vice president of corporate communications and chief communications officer for Monumental, I was a member of the executive leadership team and also oversaw the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. My role required cross-functional collaboration and interaction with a disparate group of stakeholders related to Monumental and its brands: NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and what is now Capital One Arena. I managed strategic communications, including brand messages, media relations, public relations, issues management, radio broadcasting and the relationship with the regional sports television network.


Prior to my Monumental responsibilities, I was vice president and chief communications officer for the Washington Capitals and oversaw Washington Capitals Charities. I managed staff, player, coach, management and ownership interaction with the media and public as well as digital and social media, community relations and broadcasting.


Before joining the Capitals staff, I was the associate director of athletics for public affairs at Princeton University and a public information and development officer at Washington & Jefferson College.