Joe Kefauver, Principal
With over 20 years of political experience in government affairs, campaign management, lobbying, trade association relations and issue management, Joe has a comprehensive approach to supporting our clients.
Prior to starting the Edgewater Group, Joe was Vice President of Public Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he oversaw all state and local government matters for the world’s largest corporation. In his capacity there, Joe was responsible for prioritizing and developing the company’s legislative and political agenda, their interaction with Governors, Attorneys General, Mayors and legislative leaders, as well as executing the company’s aggressive store expansion program. Additionally, Joe played a leadership role in many of the company’s major strategic initiatives such as environmental sustainability and expansion of healthcare programs and led a team of 50 professionals.
Joe also served as the Director of Government Affairs for Darden Restaurants, Inc. based in Orlando, Florida. At Darden, Joe oversaw the company’s federal and state government relations programs as well as their political involvement including managing their Political Action Committee.
Joe is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and received his graduate degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.