Kestrel West was founded in 2012 by two partners who have decades of experience in campaigns, media and politics, and who saw need for a new approach to public affairs. Our work is rooted in helping business and political leaders reach their goals, and our success has made us one of the most trusted firms in the country.

Kate Haas

Kate Haas

Kate Haas is a lawyer and lobbyist who specializes in challenging legislative and regulatory issues. She is a legislative expert with deep experience drafting policy, crafting administrative rules and writing legislation. As a former chief of staff and top policy aide to an Idaho congressman, she has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House, and has worked directly on some of our nation’s most complicated issues.

Of Note: Kate is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, where she was named to the Dean’s list, served an externship for a U.S. District Court Judge and graduated with top honors.

Community: Board of Directors of the Treasure Valley YMCA

Personal: Married to Bret Rumbeck, mother of a young son.


John Foster

John Foster

John Foster is a strategist, consultant and advisor whose political counsel is sought by business leaders and elected officials from both parties. He has worked as manager and communications director for national-level campaigns, and continues to advise candidates and corporate executives on political messaging, strategy and crisis communications. He came to politics after a decade as an investigative journalist.

Of Note: John is a former professional cyclist and elite athlete who raced around the U.S. His last stop before retiring to pursue journalism full-time was for a team based in Switzerland.

Community: Volunteer for youth sports and local neighborhood association

Personal: Married to Andrea Foster, father of four children