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 in Idaho. 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 Northwest.


We use research, planning and execution of strategic campaigns to influence events and create good public policy. Our approach is rooted in well-crafted messages, honed preparation, meaningful engagement, credibility with key stakeholders and a unique ability to build support within communities of interest.

Through collaboration, creative thinking, smart tactics and intensive work we help clients develop a long-term approach to position their brands for the future.

If you have an idea for better policy, a problem with a regulator, a need to get to know leadership at a state agency, or a potential conversation with a newspaper reporter or community group, we can help. We do so in an elegant way that is always mindful of protecting reputations and improving your position in the competitive marketplace.



Kate Haas

Kate Haas

Attorney | Lobbyist

Kate Haas is a lawyer and lobbyist specializing in challenging legislative and regulatory issues. She is also a community-relations expert with deep experience organizing coalitions and campaigns for both businesses and political operations. 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.

Quote: “I enjoy the nuances of policy, using a comprehensive grasp of details to help others find the right way forward to the right outcome for Idaho.”

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. Avid trail-runner.


John Foster

John Foster

Strategist | Lobbyist

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 for interactions ranging from community weekly newspapers to national broadcast television. He came to politics after a decade as an investigative journalist.

Quote: “I love using good stories to explain complicated concepts, something I first learned as a journalist and now get to use in politics and policy.”

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