Jake Johnston

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Jake Johnston is the President of the Johnston Group. Jake combines a unique background as a senior legislative staff to Members of Congress, a manager in the communications department of a Fortune 500 company and a senior consultant for a global Public Affairs Agency. This background allows Jake to see issues from a variety of perspectives and ensure that issues and policies have a broad strategic platform. 

Prior to forming the Johnston Group, Jake spent five years as a Vice President at APCO Worldwide, the global Public Affairs Agency of the Decade (Holmes Report 2010) headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Seattle and around the globe. At APCO, Jake built a government relations practice that was integrated into the consultancy’s offerings to clients.

Before APCO, Jake was the Manager of Government Affairs for Immunex Corporation, a Seattle-based Fortune 500 biopharmaceutical company. At Immunex, Jake led the company’s government affairs and public affairs strategy and worked on a successful strategy to gain Medicare coverage for certain self-injected biopharmaceutical therapies. Jake also led two Congressional Biotechnology Staff Trips that brought leading biotechnology thought leaders into collaborative discussion with top policy and political aides to Members of Congress from Washington, D.C.

For the seven years prior to Immunex, Jake worked for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., most recently as the Legislative Director for then-Congressman and now Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (WA). Jake also worked on the legislative staff of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA), Congressman Pete Stark (CA) and Speaker Thomas Foley (WA).

From his time on Capitol Hill, Jake understands the difficult choices that Members of Congress and their staff must make when prioritizing their requests and support. Jake has served in the positions that his clients seek to influence and understands the dynamics and challenges of the relationship from both sides of the desk. With this background on Capitol Hill combined with his experience at APCO Worldwide as a senior consultant, Jake has assisted companies and organizations develop effective communications and government relations strategies that have resulted in targeted media placement, direct government funding, positive policy decisions and strong relationships with key decision-makers.

Jake is the Co-Founder of ConnecT1D, a nonprofit organization serving the social and emotional needs of people impacted by Type 1 Diabetes. Jake also actively participates in community nonprofit organizations and civic activities with an emphasis on social justice, health access and community empowerment.

Scott MacColl

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Scott MacColl combines a unique background as lead committee staff for non-partisan legislative committee in the State House of Representatives, to a strategic legislative advisor to the Seattle City Council, to managing local, state and federal relations for a medium sized city in King County, Washington.  This background allows Scott to provide multiple perspectives to strategically assess problems and identify solutions.

Prior to joining the Johnston group, Scott spent ten years as the Intergovernmental Relations Manager for the City of Shoreline, a medium sized city directly adjacent to Seattle, and one of thirty-nine cities within King County.  At Shoreline, Scott grew Shoreline’s presence both regionally and at the state level, including leading the City’s strategic outreach through two Sound Transit voted packages that included significant transportation investment in Shoreline.

Before Shoreline, Scott was a Strategic Advisor for the Seattle City Council Central Staff for five years, which provided analysis, strategic advice, and policy recommendations for the Seattle City Council.  At Central Staff, Scott focused on transportation issues, including the Viaduct Project and the Seattle Monorail, parks, environmental issues, and budgets.  Scott worked closely with Committee Chairs and their staffs to provide critical review of policy proposals before Council, analysis of potential flaws and policy options, and recommendations for changes.

For the five years prior to the Seattle City Council, Scott worked for the Washington State House of Representatives in Olympia, Washington, most recently as lead Committee Staff for the House Local Government Committee, and as the Research Analyst for the State Government Committee and Technology Committee.

From his time working with locally elected officials for over twenty years, Scott understands how to put elected officials in position to be successful in accomplishing their jurisdictions’ goals.  Scott understands that part of that path to success is the need for establishing and maintaining positive relationships with local, regional and statewide organizations to holistically address local issues.  With his background and experience working at the local, regional and state levels, Scott has directed multiple successful outreach and lobbying strategies to accomplish his client’s goals.

Scott is also a co-founder the Seattle Wolfpack, a youth lacrosse club in Seattle, and currently volunteers as a youth girls lacrosse coach.  Scott is also a board member and volunteer assistant coach for a public high school club boys lacrosse team in Seattle.