Our Team.

Fulkerson Kennedy & Company (FK & Company) takes pride in our team of highly motivated and talented individuals. We bring together unique skills from diverse backgrounds that enhance expertise and innovation, creating a superior product and stellar results.

Tonya Fulkerson

Co-Founder, FK & Company

Tonya has grown one of the nation’s most influential political fundraising firms, successfully leading effective fundraising programs that fuel many of the country’s most contentious and expensive campaigns for Members of Congress, SuperPACs, and political 501(c)4s.

Cycle after cycle, Tonya has raised record dollar amounts for high-profile clients, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), DSCC Chairman U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chris Coons (D-DE). As a senior advisor to Senate Majority PAC, she has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the nation’s most influential, left-leaning SuperPAC that shapes the country’s most competitive Senate races. Prior to co-founding FK&Co, Tonya served as Finance Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) while U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was DSCC Chairman during the 2006 and 2008 cycles.

For more than 20 years, Tonya has amplified the voices of candidates who share her vision for a better future by connecting wealthy donors with political causes and campaigns. She has cultivated an extensive network of funders nationwide through cutting-edge research and long-standing relationships with corporate executives and high-net-worth individuals. Tonya’s political acumen and in-depth understanding of campaign finance, along with well-honed instincts, make her an adept advisor to clients navigating the evolving landscape inside the beltway and across the country.

Tonya’s strategic vision and thoughtful management style have been instrumental in shaping FK&Co’s business strategy, developing its senior leadership team, and fostering a culture rooted in integrity while celebrating hard work, ambition, and innovation.

Tonya also works with nonprofit clients to build an effective network of funders and allies and host dynamic events. She has championed fundraising efforts for Sandy Hook Promise, including launching its annual Promise Champions Gala to honor congressional members for their commitment to violence prevention through gun safety and mental health awareness. She has also worked with March of Dimes to support its annual Gourmet Gala, a cook-off during which Members of Congress present dishes to a panel of D.C.’s most renowned chefs.

A native of Slidell, Louisiana and graduate of the Louisiana State University, Tonya began her career in Baton Rouge working for the Louisiana Democratic Party during the 2002 election cycle. She lives in Washington with her husband and their two children.

Ashley Kennedy

Co-Founder, FK & Company

Since co-founding FK & Company in 2009, Ashley has built one of the top political fundraising firms in the country, leading fundraising strategy for Members of Congress, PACs, corporations, and nonprofit causes.

Ashley has raised record-breaking dollars for some of the fiercest and most expensive Senate campaigns across more than 25 states, including U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO). She led the fundraising efforts for U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) when, in 2018, she became the first woman to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. And, she championed the fundraising campaign for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) when she won in 2012, defying predictions that her re-election was impossible. Before launching her fundraising career, Ashley worked in the legislative offices of Senator Robert Byrd and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.

Over her nearly 20 years in the industry, Ashley’s earned a reputation for recognizing the opportunities and complexities each candidate faces from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill. She meticulously designs and orchestrates multi-channel fundraising strategies that maximize each client’s potential while leveraging their time and resources. Her experience includes securing seed money and cultivating donor networks, supporting preliminary campaign operations, or, when necessary, stepping in to supplement campaign fundraising efforts during particularly tight races.

Ashley’s built an unparalleled network of funders from coast-to-coast and cultivated long-standing relationships with donors that guide her instincts about which candidates and issues will motivate them. She counsels high-net-worth individuals, Fortune 100 Companies, and family foundations on philanthropic giving, helping them calculate when and where to invest key contributions. She also advises nonprofit organizations on fundraising strategy, from gala planning to donor cultivation to navigating Capitol Hill.

Ashley lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their three children and can often be found cheering for her kids on a soccer field or training for her next marathon.


Vice President

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Major: Political Science

Roles Prior to FK & Company:
Finance Director for Bill Toole’s Campaign for North Carolina Lieutenant Governor
Call Time Assistant for Cal Cunningham’s U.S. Senate Race in North Carolina
Canvasser for Progressive Turnout Project in the Special Election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Favorite Pastime: Exploring DC parks

Sydney Gart

Senior Associate

American University
Major: Political Science with a concentration in U.S. Government

Roles Prior to FK & Company:
Finance Assistant on Senator Hassan’s re-election campaign (D-NH)
Brand & Marketing Associate at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C.
Legislative Intern for Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Policy Intern for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Favorite Pastime: Skiing

Abby Griffin

Senior Associate

Colgate University
Majors: Political Science & Economics

Roles Prior to FK & Company:
Finance Assistant, Van Hollen for Senate (D-MD)
Fundraising Intern, Tucker Green Consulting
Finance Fellow, Dr. Cameron Webb for Congress (VA-05)
Finance Fellow, Francis Conole for Congress (NY-24)
Intern, VoteSmart
Administrative Assistant, Brady Corporation

Hometown: Medina, NY

Favorite Pastime: Playing in the Volo Soccer League

Emily McDonald

Finance Director and Vice President

The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Economics with minor in Political Science

Prior to FK & Company: 
New Hampshire & New England Finance Director, Maggie Hassan for NH 
Deputy Finance Director, Dr. Barbara Boller for US Senate

Strategic Relations Specialist, National 4-H Council

Penn State Student Body President

Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Favorite Pastime: Hiking and camping with rescue dog, Skipper.

Nicky Meyerson

Call Time Manager

Bates College
Major: Politics with a minor in Rhetoric

Prior to FK & Company:
Finance Assistant, Senate Majority PAC
Field Organizer & Research Fellow, Sara Gideon for Maine
Organizer & Iowa Operations Assistant, Steve Bullock for President 
Intern, District Office of Rep. Adam Schiff
Constituent Services Liaison, Sen. Ben Allen
Paralegal, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner Endlich & Gellman

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Pastime: Surfing

Emily Mintz

Vice President

University of Florida
Majors: Business Administration & Finance

Prior to FK & Company:
Regional Organizing Director in Central Florida, Biden for President
Field Organizer in NE Iowa, Pete for America
Finance Intern, Office Depot HQ

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Favorite Pasttime: Playing with her cats, Daisy and Varys

Annakate Shepherdson

Senior Finance Associate

University of Virginia
Majors: American Studies & Art History

Prior to FK & Company:
Product Marketing Manager & Financial Relations, Cattivo
Policy Intern, Crossroads Strategies, LLC
Assistant Manager & Sales Associate, Lily Pulitzer

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Favorite Pastime: Pickleball

Sofia Snyder

Finance Associate

Ohio State University
Major: Political Science

Prior to FK & Company:
Finance Intern, Governor JB Pritzker Campaign
Finance Intern, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Finance Intern, New Chicago Group, the leading political fundraising firm in Illinois

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Favorite Pastime: Cheering for the Buckeyes

Leandra Wilder

Vice President

Centre College
Majors: Economics and Finance & Political Science

Prior to FK & Company:
Client Service Coordinator, Endurance Planning Group
Head Coach, DC Soccer Club, Youth Program
Finance Intern, Amy McGrath for Senate
Human Rights Intern, The Carter Center, Democratic Republic of Congo Program
Intern, Barnes Law Group

Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia

Favorite Pastime: Adventures around DC with Barley the German Shepherd