What is Government Affairs?
Equal parts teacher and advocate, a government affairs consultant acts as a guide for entities interested in working with public entities to solve problems. We work with decision-makers at nearly every level of government; if you need to approach a city, a county, a state, the federal government, or some other public entity, a government affairs specialist should have the relationships and expertise necessary to help you begin the conversation.
What kind of GA Consultants
work for Eames Consulting?
The team at Eames Consulting works on contract with entities needing assistance in Oregon. We specialize in projects involving state agencies, the Governor’s Office, and the members of the legislature. We also work with leaders at the local level in several jurisdictions around Oregon.
How do you determine if an issue is a good fit for the Eames Consulting team?
When evaluating a potential partnership with a new client, we schedule an in-depth conversation to determine the precise problem. We then research the situation and discuss it with key leaders and other stakeholders to develop an informed opinion about the potential client’s chances of success. We then brainstorm potential paths forward to determine if we are a good fit. If the project makes sense, doesn’t conflict with existing work, and we are fortunate enough to be selected, we proceed. If we aren’t the right fit or if we aren’t able to help because of other work, we make recommendations as to other advocates we respect and facilitate introductions if requested.
What happens after
Eames Consulting is hired?
Through the research process, we typically determine the best among us to lead work for the client. The lead will take the initial strategy ideas and develop a short-term plan. This likely would include contact with elected leaders, key staff, and agency personnel to inform them of our involvement and to ask for an opportunity to discuss the project; outreach to potential allies and opponents (we like to know where the potential pitfalls are located so we can avoid unnecessary detours) to engage in work already underway or to invite their participation in solving the problem; development of messages to frame the issue; and, direct advocacy toward change. The most consistent factor in our advocacy is that everything changes; once the relationship is solidified, regular updates to any plans will be necessary and regular communication with the client will ensure expectations are aligned and achievable.