Summary

Benjamin Olson is a creative and well-connected public affairs consultant and information designer with wide-ranging experience on-behalf of businesses, trade-associations, nonprofits, campaigns, and professional organizations.

He has an extensive background in politics, government relations, public policy, communications, media relations, fundraising, organizing, legislative process, budget and fiscal analysis, brand infrastructure, public health, and creating partnerships.

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Olson Advocacy LLC.  PARTNER IN ADVOCACY

What exactly is Public Affairs?

ONEPAGE, information design services from OA

 

The Assembly, Zeus Jones LtD Summer 2016

Participated in summer fellowship with team of 5 who had experiences from outside Zeus Jones’ core competencies. Worked on product innovation and new brand platform for a fortune 100 company. Learned how to use Keynote, discovered principles of brand infrastructure, and accelerated information  design disciplines. Click below to read the ZJ blog I wrote about my summer. 

Director of Government Affairs, JWB Associates 2010-2016

Worked alongside JWB Associates' President Jennifer Breitinger in advocating on-behalf of a wide-variety trade associations, non-profits, and corporations including Project 515, Lyft Inc., The Minnesota Film and TV Board, Boston Scientific, the Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA), Educators 4 Excellence, and the Printing Industry Midwest.

Articulately reported to clients the status of the Minnesota legislative process, developed strategic materials to inform and influence elected officials, developed relationships with legislators and staff, successfully passed legislation, and led business development efforts.

 

Lobbyist, MN's for a Recycling Refund 2010

Co-created recycling refund campaign in MN. MRRA was a self-generated project during graduate school with a friend that secured nearly $1M in donations. Responsibilities included representing MRRA in the media, including in front of editorial boards across the state, managing a coalition of supporters, leading lobbying efforts and political strategy, drafting bill language, and designing and overseeing a website, blog, and social media strategy.

 

The Lehman Group & JWB Associates, LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT  2008-2009

These two years can be summed up as a comprehensive immersion in healthcare policy and the Minnesota legislative process. Worked on behalf of the two firms’ healthcare-related clients including the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA), PrairieCare Hospitals & Clinics, MN Association of Community Mental Health Programs, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Marijuana Policy Project. Monitored committees and media, assisted in lobbying efforts, met everyone, and made copies.

 

Public Policy Intern, LifeScience Alley 2009

LifeScience Alley (now the Medical Alley Association), is a trade association representing hundreds of biomedical and medical device companies based in Minnesota. Created lobbying materials for the Angel Investor Tax Credit which passed into law the following session.

 
 The Assembly at work, 2016

The Assembly at work, 2016

 With JWB Associates President, Jennifer Breitinger

With JWB Associates President, Jennifer Breitinger

 My bike locked up near the capitol on a warm late winter/early spring day

My bike locked up near the capitol on a warm late winter/early spring day

 Catching up on emails in the lobby of the MN Senate

Catching up on emails in the lobby of the MN Senate

 

EDUCATION

Masters, Advocacy & Political Leadership (MAPL)  University of Minnesota, Duluth, Graduate and Professional Students Assembly (GAPSA)

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy & Political Science  Bethel University President, Bethel University College Democrats

 

 

 
 MAPL Graduation

MAPL Graduation

 

Experience