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Kestrel West


Kestrel West specializes in government affairs, public engagement, perception campaigns, crisis communications and media relations. We are government affairs experts and political strategists who help leaders manage reputations, tell compelling stories and outsmart the competition.

Like our clients, we understand the values of pragmatism, experience, discipline and discretion. Whether you need to change a regulation, create new law, deal with a negative news story, or manage a public campaign, we are trusted advisors who help you win and position for the future.


In a state where part-time legislators don’t have staff, lobbyists fill the void.

We provide public employees and elected officials with the information they need to make the right decisions. We help Idaho’s elected officials meet their own goals in a way that helps effect positive outcomes for our clients and for the state of Idaho.

We draft legislation, facilitate strategy, meet directly with decision-makers, testify at hearings, prepare background materials and become content experts on key issues so that we can help you and your organization overcome obstacles or achieve new success.

Our knowledge of Idaho’s local and state governments mean we are capable of tackling almost any issue. Our client experience and backgrounds give us deep and specialized content knowledge in natural resources, education, technology, procurement and telecom.


JOHN FOSTER is a strategist, consultant and advisor whose political counsel is sought by business leaders and elected officials from both parties. He has worked as manager and communications director for national-level campaigns, and continues to advise candidates and corporate executives on political messaging, strategy and crisis communications for interactions ranging from community weekly newspapers to national broadcast television. He came to politics after a decade as an investigative journalist. John is a former professional cyclist and elite athlete who raced around the U.S. His last stop before retiring to pursue journalism full-time was for a team based in Switzerland. He volunteers for youth sports groups and his local neighborhood association. He and his wife, Andrea, have four children.

KATE HAAS is a lawyer and lobbyist specializing in challenging legislative and regulatory issues. She is also a community-relations expert with deep experience organizing coalitions and campaigns for both businesses and political operations. As a former chief of staff and top policy aide to an Idaho congressman, she has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House, and has worked directly on some of our nation’s most complicated issues. Kate is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, where she was named to the Dean’s list, served an externship for a U.S. District Court Judge and graduated with top honors. She is on the board of directors of the Treasure Valley YMCA and is an avid trail runner. She and her husband, Bret, have a young son.