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Expertise in Public Policy Management

Ward Einess Strategies provides strategic planning and government relations services to clients seeking incomparable expertise in public policy management. Founded by former Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess, the rapidly growing firm reflects his bipartisan appeal and breadth of experience at the highest levels of state government. His unique insights and access to key policymakers have earned the trust of Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profits, and local governments throughout Minnesota.

Ward Einess Strategies designs and executes plans tailored to meet client needs in the areas of tax policy, telecommunications, business regulation, labor relations, commerce, and regulated industries. With our vast network of contacts, we also seek opportunities for strategic alliances to help ensure that your ultimate goals are met.

If you are looking for a seasoned, articulate professional to help you navigate the political and complex process of lawmaking, we invite you to contact Ward Einess Strategies.

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Expertise and Leadership in Public Policy Strategies
and Government Affairs

Ward Einess Strategies offers clients a wealth of expertise and leadership in public policy strategies and government affairs. With 20 years of experience in shaping, analyzing, and advancing legislation, Ward Einess has earned bipartisan respect for his collegial approach and keen understanding of complex issues important to Minnesota businesses.

As commissioner of two state agencies and Governor Tim Pawlenty’s senior policy advisor on taxes and business issues, Einess served as an effective, articulate, and tireless advocate for key—often controversial—initiatives. As state revenue commissioner, he advocated for a more competitive tax climate and successfully pushed for the creation of an angel investment credit and enhanced R&D tax credits.

After leaving the administration, Einess quickly became one of the state’s most sought-after new lobbyists. Since 2010, he has designed and managed complex strategies on a range of issues for local governments, small business coalitions and Fortune 500 clients, including Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Best Buy, and General Electric.

Ward has been a trusted advisor and highly respected advocate for our agenda since the beginning of my administration. His commitment to sound tax policy and his bipartisan credibility with legislators has helped enact much-needed improvement to Minnesota’s tax system. I’m grateful for Ward’s exceptional leadership and counsel.” ~ Former Governor Tim Pawlenty


Strategic Planning and Government Relations Services
Ward Einess Strategies provides expertise in tax policy, business regulation, labor relations, telecommunications and commerce. Our success is grounded in a collaborative approach and close working relationships with a broad range of clients.


  • Ameriprise Financial Advisors

  • Anoka County

  • Bellboy Wine and Spirits

  • Best Buy Co., Inc.

  • Cisco Systems
  • General Motors

  • LafargeHolcim

  • Liberty Tire
  • Minnesota State Bar Assn.

  • Schell’s Brewery

  • Summit Brewing Co.

  • TR Technology

  • YWCA of Minneapolis



Ward Einess, Principal

Ward Einess Strategies, LLC
525 North 3rd Street, #513
Minneapolis, MN 55401