Jimmy's BioJimmy Centers started his career as a political communicator working for and advising campaigns at many levels, including presidential, U.S. Senate, Congressional, gubernatorial, as well as state and local candidates. In 2017, Jimmy co-founded Cornerstone’s Public Affairs practice out of the Des Moines, Iowa, office where he leads strategic communications planning and counsel for Fortune-ranked corporations and nonprofits alike.
Prior to entering the private sector, Jimmy served as communications director former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Terry Branstad and current Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds when they served as Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively. During his time in the Iowa Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s office, Jimmy led messaging efforts on their legislative priorities, which ranged from Medicaid modernization to agriculture and renewable fuels to education and economic development. He served as the Administration’s on-the-record spokesman, wrote speeches for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, organized hundreds of events and press conferences and led crisis communications and rapid response operations for the executive branch and governor’s office.
Jimmy is a Peoria, Illinois native and currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa.