Since 2009, we have helped cities and public hospitals build the necessary partnerships with local, state and federal partners to build critical projects and secure policy support for local priorities. 


Our focus

We specialize in working with public agencies in the Northwest and deeply respect the role that local government plays in the health of our economy and the livability of our communities. Our clients include cities, public hospitals and public agencies, among others.

As a government relations firm, we constantly ask ourselves a simple question: are the federal government and regional agencies an active partner with our clients to achieve their goals? We’ve found that the answer to that simple question is the reason we continue to earn the trust of our clients year after year.
— Jake Johnston, President, Johnston Group

Scope of Services

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

  • Federal lobbying, policy analysis and funding

  • Regional intergovernmental relations counsel

  • 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 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

Jake is without a doubt one of the top minds in public affairs, government relations, appropriations work and legislative consulting in the business. It is rare to find someone with such a complete background yet Jake has it. I have zero hesitation in recommending him and the services he provides.
— Tom Boyer, Government Relations, Novo Nordisk