Thomas C. Keller
Tom Keller is Founder and Managing Principal of Keller Partners & Company where he is responsible for managing the firm, fostering client relationships, and providing strategic guidance to the firm’s team and all practice areas.
Tom has more than 25 years of government relations, fundraising and strategic development experience in both the public and private sectors. He has a substantial track record of success, having secured millions of dollars in federal appropriations and competitive grants, winning unprecedented regulatory relief and delivering significant legislative victories on behalf of a diverse domestic and international client base. Tom is a superb strategist and a believer in the power of good relationships. He applies his keen understanding of government, people and political processes to achieve client goals.
Keller Partners & Company has experienced a remarkable record of client successes, and a more than doubling of its revenue, client base and staff. Tom founded Keller Partners to substantially expand the mission and broaden the approach to comprehensive client service, which includes two additional practice areas (state government and private/foundation) to enhance its anchor services at the federal government level.
Tom was previously Vice President and Deputy Director of Russ Reid’s Washington, DC office. During his 15 years at Russ Reid, Tom developed innovative and successful strategies for nonprofit and corporate clients, expanded both the range and depth of Russ Reid’s government relations services, and pioneered best practices in client satisfaction. Russ Reid (an Omnicom Group Company) is the largest marketing and communications agency in the United States dedicated to serving nonprofits and is responsible for launching organizations such as World Vision, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and Habitat for Humanity.
Tom served on Capitol Hill in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. He worked for seven years as a senior staff member to Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), who was a member of the Senate Appropriations, Finance, and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees (and is now the Director of National Intelligence). Tom was responsible for managing the Senator’s appropriations and targeted legislative efforts, and was the Senator’s liaison with key business and political leaders throughout the State of Indiana. Tom also served as a campaign advisor and director of scheduling and advance during the Senator’s successful 1992 Senate campaign.
Tom began his Washington career in 1990 after joining the campaign staff of his hometown Congressman, Rep. John Hiler (R-3rd-IN). He served as both a Field Representative in the Third Congressional District and staff in the Congressman’s Capitol Hill office.
Tom is a “Hoosier” and a native of South Bend, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Indiana University and did his graduate work in Government at The Johns Hopkins University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program conducted by the Harvard Business School at Babson College, MA. Tom is passionate about his work, but he also enjoys spending time with his family, international travel, occasionally fencing, his work as a Board member of Caritas in Veritate International (CiVI), and serving as a Trustee of a family philanthropic organization.