kyleKyle Butts

Research Manager

Kyle Butts is the Research Manager in the Washington, D.C., office. In this role, Kyle leads content development projects for clients facing crisis communications, issues management and government affairs challenges. Kyle uses his strategic communications experience to ensure Forward Observer’s research provides the most effective content to advance an argument across all forms of media.

Prior to joining Forward Observer, Kyle served in several research, message development and strategy roles with Hill + Knowlton Strategies / Public Strategies, where he advised Fortune 500 clients in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, technology and government services sectors.

During this time, Kyle developed methods to analyze client and opposition messaging, allowing clients to create smarter, more targeted, earned-media strategies. In addition, Kyle provided research content for a trade association facing activist opponents and supported the issues management team of a major government contractor. He also gained considerable international experience while helping clients in the Middle East and West Africa respond to criticisms from a variety of media and government actors.

A native of central Indiana, Kyle graduated with honors from The American University in Washington, D.C., where he studied international politics and journalism.