Meet Leslie Rosedahl

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Leslie Rosedahl, founder of Rosedahl Public Affairs, has led complex and high-profile issue campaigns (as well as nuanced, smaller efforts) for 14 years for a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, high-profile trade associations, and prominent non-profit organizations. Her efforts and accomplishments have won multiple national awards and – most importantly – helped clients win decision-maker support and legislative success.

Previously, Leslie was Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy at Minnesota’s largest government relations consulting firm for five years. She also worked for six years at one of the Midwest’s largest public affairs firms. Leslie has tackled some of the state’s highest profile and controversial issues and earned a reputation as one of Minnesota’s leading public affairs professionals.

Known as a “details” person, Leslie’s clients appreciate her straightforward, hardworking, and can-do approach, accompanied by strategic insight and political acumen. She has developed a unique understanding of Minnesota’s political landscape, benefiting clients on both sides of the aisle. These attributes stem from her substantial experience in public affairs as well as her knowledge and involvement at the Minnesota State Legislature. During that tenure, Leslie served as a senior leader and chief counselor to the Senate Republican Leader where she managed caucus and legislator’s media and communications, talking points, and research efforts for the caucus.

Generating positive media placement for clients and helping to influence policy-makers is a very important part of our work. Clients have appeared in opinion pages of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press as well as stories leading the nightly news.  She has crisscrossed the state meeting with editorial boards, and has composed and placed hundreds of letters to the editor. She works closely with members of the Capitol press corps and reporters throughout the state to assist client media coverage.

Advocates weighing in on issues – in a variety of grassroots tactics – can make or break issue campaigns. Leslie has generated the largest number of emails to legislators at the State Capitol, organized many “Day at the Capitol” events, and has generated and executed support rallies with hundreds of people.

Leslie is also:

  • Chair of Women LEAD MN PAC, a large networking organization and state political action committee,

  • Vice Chair of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee and member of the Public Affairs Committee,

  • President of her Gustavus Adolphus College alumni class,

  • Board Member of the Minnesota YMCA Center for Youth Voice, a new unified umbrella of Youth in Government and Minnesota Civic Youth,

  • A member of the Highland Business Association in St. Paul and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and

  • A frequent speaker on public relations and public affairs to various colleges and non-profit organizations.

Meet Kristen Anderson

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Kristen is a positive, capable, self-starter. Her attention to detail - and to the needs of the client - ensures that projects are successful. Kristen has an eye for efficiency and quality. 

Kristen has coordinated the scheduling of over 500 meetings between constituents and legislators. She has planned and carried out several lobby days at the Minnesota State Capitol. Beyond her Political Science degree, Kristen maintains a real-world understanding of the legislative process and the Capitol complex. She knows the importance of grassroots civic participation.

Kristen lives in Northeast Minneapolis and she frequently visits family in her hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota. Kristen is a volunteer and past staff member of Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government. While at the University of Minnesota, she served on the student government legislative advocacy team and completed her junior year abroad in Germany. Kristen is active in the local food system and has experience with community-supported agriculture, natural food co-ops, and environmental advocacy.

Meet James Farnsworth

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James values community engagement and creative solutions to meet the needs of clients. Whether it's a lobby day at the State Capitol or an advocacy letter to the editor, James has wide-ranging experience in implementing relevant and innovative solutions to complex challenges. 

James has experience in communications, government affairs, and marketing. With experience studying Human Resource Development, he understands how to be innovative within organizational structure and how to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders. As someone who believes strongly in community involvement, he highly values grassroots advocacy and civic engagement. 

James lives in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. He serves as the Co-Chair of St. Paul’s Highland Fest, a local festival presented by the Highland Business Association. He also serves as an alumni volunteer with Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government and as a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student and Recent Alumni Council.

 

Why Rosedahl Public Affairs?

Rosedahl Public Affairs is here to serve you, if:

  • You want to know precisely who you’ll be working with to successfully achieve your goal.

  • You value big firm, high-profile issue experience – without the considerable overhead cost.

  • You are seeking a public affairs professional with relationships on both sides of the aisle, and effectively interacts with stakeholder groups and reporters.

  • You want a public affairs professional to DO the work and get things done – not just “consult” and tell you what to do.

  • You need a trustworthy, detail-oriented leader with years of proven experience who has demonstrated what actually works – and what doesn’t. 

Clients:

Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association

Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association

Association of Minnesota Counties

Minnesota Association ofTownships

Howling For Wolves

Minnesota Chauffeured Transportation Association

Animal Humane Society

Coalition of downtown St. Paul restaurants/retailers