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The Johnston Group

Federal government relations for Northwest clients

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Intro


The Johnston Group

Federal government relations for Northwest clients

"Jake delivers a hands on approach to strategizing with the City to develop our federal agenda. His strength is his ability to work with the City both locally and in Washington DC to building strong relationships with our federal partners."

– Mayor Keith McGlashan, City of Shoreline

The Johnston Group was formed to provide substantive government relations counsel to Northwest clients who are seeking to build, deepen or augment their relationships with their congressional delegation. 

We have a proven track record of positioning clients to achieve their policy and funding goals in partnership with the federal delegation.  We operate where the decisions are made, in Washington, D.C. and at home in the Northwest.

The Johnston Group works with its clients on a variety of projects ranging from designing federal funding strategies to communicating complex policy initiatives to lawmakers and to constituents.  We are proud of what we accomplish for our clients. Please contact us with questions. We’d love to hear from you.

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Services


Services

Services


Services

The Johnston Group provides a variety of services to its clients, including:

  • Federal lobbying, policy analysis and funding
  • Public affairs consulting
  • Review of local government capital budgets and developing funding partners
  • Nonprofit development and growth
  • Grant and federal agency funding
  • Strategic communications
  • Community outreach
  • Policy communications

The results of these services for clients include:

  • Tens of millions of dollars in direct federal support for transportation, community healthcare and economic development
  • Legislation introduced in Congress to achieve specific policy goals
  • New tools for cities and community-run hospitals that align local missions with federal funding opportunities
  • Supportive federal legislation for local cities, hospitals and other public entities
  • Strong partnerships established between the federal government and local government in support of common goals

We're happy to share additional details about these stories with you. We look forward to exploring the challenges and opportunities that face your community.

 

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The Right Partner


The Right Partner

The Right Partner


The Right Partner

The Johnston Group is the Right Partner for
Northwest Clients

  • The Johnston Group knows the federal funding process and has a strong track record of success. We understand the process, the timelines and the critical decisions that have to be made by congressional offices to prioritize financial support. More, we know how to provide the information and messages about projects in ways that elected officials and their staff can – and do – use. This proven approach has resulted in tens of millions of federal funds being secured for Washington State clients over the past six years.
     
  • We operate where the decisions are made. Clients will need to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss their priorities. However, decisions about which projects deserve support are increasingly being made in Washington State and not in Washington, D.C.  The Johnston Group knows the district staff as well as we know the D.C. staff – and both are critical to a successful strategy.
     
  • The Johnston Group combines the benefits of a small firm with the resources of a large agency. As a sole consultancy, Jake Johnston will provide experienced and seasoned counsel to clients. Work will not be given to less experienced staff to complete. From developing strategy and examining capital project infrastructure plans to communicating complex policy and lobbying Congress, clients will have the complete benefit of Jake Johnston’s experience and counsel as their day-to-day strategist. If clients require additional support and counsel, the Johnston Group maintains a relationship with APCO Worldwide and can draw on APCO’s resources in Washington State, in Washington, D.C. or around the globe.
     
  • We have experience with public clients. Jake Johnston has represented public entities in Washington state cities before the federal government to achieve funding and policy goals for over a decade. This experience gives us a deep appreciation for the role of locally elected officials in the development and execution of the community’s vision. We also understand the range of potential partnership opportunities available to local governments – from building emergency services capabilities to investing in community health access to completing transit infrastructure to constructing new water systems to facilitating economic growth. We know how public entities can utilize their strengths to compete for federal funds and leverage state and regional funds through a successful federal strategy.
     
  • We take on a limited number of clients and are accessible and accountable. Unlike large lobbying firms that may represent dozens of clients before Congress, the Johnston Group serves a limited number of clients each year. This approach allows us to invest more time and emphasis to enhance our client’s opportunities for success. Since we’re based in Seattle, the Johnston Group is available to clients during meetings and work sessions. The Johnston Group can participate in district-based meetings with the congressional offices and work face-to-face with clients on strategic planning and direction. This allows the best collaboration between clients and their professional federal lobbyist.
     
  • We have the right relationships but, more importantly, we help our clients build their own. The Johnston Group has working relationships throughout the Northwest Congressional Delegation. However, we believe that our clients are the best spokespeople for their interests and that successful long-term funding and policy partnerships work best when the client is actively involved. This means that our clients do not “trade” on our relationships, but instead utilize them to guide and facilitate the development of their own.
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We love what we do and would love to discuss the challenges and opportunities that you face.

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We love what we do and would love to discuss the challenges and opportunities that you face.

About Us    Get in Touch