Top 15 Washington DC Ad Agencies

July 1, 2021

Washington DC is obviously known for its politics, with about 35% of residents working for the federal government. When they’re not keeping our nation running or vying for statehood, they’re still advertisers looking for agencies to help market and sell their services. While Washington DC ad agencies are often pigeonholed as political marketers, advertising doesn’t stop in years without national elections.

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Only making up 61 sq. miles, about 20% the size of NYC, DC is still the 20th largest US city by population. Yet, we often overlook our nation’s capital as one of the nation’s largest business hubs. However, it should come as no surprise that the city boasts a large community of tech companies and startups. DC’s assortment of headquarters primarily focuses on growing sectors like fintech, edtech, and healthtech.

In fact, the city hosts satellite offices of tech giants Snapchat, Google, and Twitter, solidifying its status as a crossroad of global commerce. DC is more than just politics and its largest companies include:

  1. Danaher Corporation
  2. Fannie Mae
  3. Amtrak
  4. FTI Consulting
  5. Lockheed Martin
  6. Capital One
  7. Hogan Lovells
  8. Marriott International

With heavy-hitters across finance, hospitality, and transportation, it’s no wonder there are also hundreds of advertising agencies within the city limits. Whether you require help with web design, advertising, branding, or public relations, search no further than Washington DC.

This list details 15 Washington DC ad agencies with a client media spend of at least $100K.


Holding CompanyAgencyDescriptionClient IndustriesYear Founded
APCO WorldwidePR; Full serviceAuto manufacturers1984
OmnicomCLS StrategiesPRNon-profits1992
Culture ONE WorldMulticulturalTravel2011
Design Army LLCFull serviceNon-profits, education2003
EdelmanPR; Full serviceNon-profits, food and beverage, software1968
Elevation, LtdFull serviceAuto manufacturers, movies, consulting2003
Exactly AgencyFull service; DigitalCultural institutions, technology, social media2018
OmnicomFleishmanHillardPR; HealthcareSoftware2005
kglobalFull service; CommunicationsNon-profits2010
Interpublic GroupPowell TatePR; Public affairsNon-profits, packaged foods, restaurants1998
Pulsar AdvertisingIntegratedMass transit authorities1992
Qorvis Communications, LLCPRNon-profits, auto care, state lotteries2000
Strauss Media Strategies, Inc.MediaNon-profits1996
Witeck CommunicationsPR; Full serviceMass retailers, airlines1993
WPPWunderman ThompsonFull service; IntegratedBrokerage, investment services, pharmaceuticals1958

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