Kestrel West was founded in 2012 by two partners who have decades of experience in policy, media and politics, and who saw need for a new approach to lobbying, campaigns and crisis communication. Our work is rooted in helping business and political leaders reach their goals, and our success has made us one of the most trusted public affairs 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 the 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 long-term strategies to position their brands for the future.
Like our clients, we understand the values of pragmatism, experience, discipline and discretion. Whether you have a specific objective with a regulator, a state agency, a newspaper or a local community group, we can help. We do so in an elegant way that is always mindful of protecting reputations and improving your position in a competitive marketplace.
Our company was founded because we enjoy providing value by serving others.
We are legislative and political experts who speak the language of business.
We don’t promise connections or glamour. We do promise structure and results.
We don’t judge or push radical change. We help our clients be their best.
Our expertise comes from years of helping people and organizations achieve goals.
We pride ourselves on doing what clients need rather than what makes us look good.
It’s not about us. It’s about our clients and the values important for their success.
In late 2010, John Foster was on his way to a new office and a new job after wrapping up a tough political campaign. On the drive in his phone began buzzing and beeping with dozens of calls and messages. Clearly something was going on. He arrived at the office and realized that Twitter had named one of his posts to the list of “10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010” along with those from the White House, Conan O’Brien and the Prince of Wales.
It was a shock, and made John a (very minor) social media celebrity for a few days. Fast forward to today: John has a sporadic Facebook account so his mom can see pictures of the grandkids, and he is off Twitter completely. His Kestrel West partner, Kate Haas, has the same quiet approach to social media.
Why? Social media is an amazing medium and it’s great for exposure. But burnishing our own brand and our own images is not why we’re in business. At Kestrel West it’s not about us, it’s about our clients. We don’t fall into a trap — so common in the political arena — of thinking that time spent on social media is somehow advancing an agenda. Instead we focus on face-to-face contact, meaningful conversation, genuine interaction, and relationships based on service and trust.
That’s how you get things done … now, more than ever.