Senior Vice President
Damian Kunko, Senior Vice President for Business Development, is a government relations expert who has been assisting companies, trade associations, and universities develop federal strategies since 1996. Damian’s specific expertise is assisting clients develop new technologies and creating policies that incentivize their deployment in the Energy and Defense sectors.
During his career, Damian has secured over $750 million in federal funding for clients and has participated in the formation of several national trade organizations and advocacy coalitions. He has extensive experience advancing public policy and federal financing initiatives for a variety of industries including: offshore/undersea energy, propulsion, and security systems, water power, advanced materials for ground and aerospace systems, advanced manufacturing, medical research, and environmental technologies. Prior to joining SMI, Damian lobbied for a variety of rural telecommunications, mobile medical provider, and information systems clients. He also served on the staff of a Member of Congress from Washington State.
Damian holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washington State University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.