Kay A. Kemper
Kay A. Kemper is the founder of Kemper Consulting. She has been instrumental in positioning the firm as a recognized leader in local and state government relations. With more than 30 years of experience in Virginia governmental relations, Ms. Kemper is described as “one of the best at what she does” by the Virginian- Pilot and “one of the most powerful lobbyists in Richmond” by PortFolio.
Prior to founding Kemper Consulting, Ms. Kemper served as the first female Vice President in the history of Old Dominion University. In her capacity as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, she was responsible for all external relations including the Virginia General Assembly, the Hampton Roads community and the University’s alumni and donors. She was also responsible for all University events and publications. Over the course of 14 years as the person primarily responsible for the University’s legislative package, Ms. Kemper earned a reputation for honesty and integrity among the members of the legislature from both political parties.
Ms. Kemper has a strong commitment to the Hampton Roads community and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a Past President of the Downtown Norfolk Rotary Club, the largest Rotary Club in Hampton Roads and was the first woman in the history of the club to hold that position. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the Board of Advisors of The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at The College of William and Mary. She has served the Commonwealth as a member of the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Funding of Unfunded Transportation Projects in Hampton Roads (2002) and the Joint Rules Committee Citizen Advisory Board, which examined ways to improve the efficiency of the state legislative process in 2000. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Pioneer of the Year from the Outstanding Professional Women of Hampton Roads and the Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and was named the 2007 Port Champion by the Virginia Maritime Association.
Ms. Kemper has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, the Downtown Norfolk Association, the Virginia Living Museum, the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau, Virginia Beach Vision, and OpSail 2000. She was the founding Executive Director of the CIVIC Leadership Institute and a member of the Vestry at Christ and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church where she also served as Senior Warden. Ms. Kemper is a frequent lecturer at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and has also lectured before several statewide associations and organizations including the Virginia Association of Counties, USAA, the Virginia Municipal League, and the Virginia Retail Alliance and the Virginia School Boards Association.
Ms. Kemper holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Dean’s List student. She also earned a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy Analysis from Old Dominion University.