Current – “Our work began and continues to be rooted where the action is. We specialize in fieldwork – informing, motivating and activating constituencies.”
Capable – “Our track record is one of quietly delivering. We serve companies and organizations that count on our consistent execution.”
Compliant – “Our reputation is impeccable. We maintain the highest standards of sensitivity and trust.”
Joe Weber - Partner
Joe Weber has unprecedented experience in Government Affairs and Issues Management. As a highly regarded consultant, Joe has been responsible for planning countless successful public affairs and lobbying campaigns. Joe’s experience provides him with an extensive working knowledge of lobbying, interest groups, coalition development, grassroots lobbying and ballot measure campaigns. His eclectic background brings a unique ability to work with Fortune 500 CEOs and Government Affairs professionals on a diverse range of issues.
Mike Franklin - Partner
Mike Franklin is a Minnesota Government Affairs professional and attorney with more than a decade of experience in building political and Grassroots networks. Mike knows many sides of Government Affairs as he has organized projects for political candidates, nonprofit organizations, multinational corporations and Grassroots-level community interests. Having served his employers and clients as a fundraiser, lobbyist, communications professional, issue expert, researcher and volunteer recruiter, Mike has the answer to any and every challenge.
Chris Tiedeman - Partner
Chris Tiedeman is a licensed Minnesota attorney who brings a national network of political friendships and record of successful Public Affairs campaigns on issues ranging from Healthcare to Forestry to the Music Industry to Retail. Chris has become a highly regarded Public Affairs consultant with particular expertise in Grassroots programs and the use of Social Media to engage key constituencies. He has become known for bringing unique, often disparate coalitions together to help move public policy.
Jen Niska - Chief of Staff
Jen brings experience in politics, higher education, and business outreach to clients as Chief of Staff at Weber Johnson. She has developed knowledge of political issues, communications and campaigning over many years, at every level—as a volunteer, as an office manager, and as a communications director. She has served as the Treasurer for a U.S. congressional campaign and as a Senior Advisor on U.S. Senate campaigns. Her experience in higher education includes service as the Director of Senior Pathway Development at Bethel University and as an Adjunct Professor at North Central University.
Chad Fahning - Account Director
Chad Fahning has been an Associate at Weber Johnson since 2018. Chad combines his experiences in grassroots campaigning and lobbying at the Minnesota Capitol to offer a pragmatic and strategic approach for Weber Johnson clients. Chad has primarily worked on healthcare, higher education, regulatory finance and commerce issues. His involvement on several successful statewide campaigns has led Chad to maintain a broad list of political connections throughout the state and Washington DC. Chad’s calculated, disciplined, and charismatic approach advocating on the Hill and in Minnesota communities makes him a highlighted up-and-comer in Minnesota politics.
Greg Johnson – Founder / Of Counsel
Greg Johnson combines a vast network of political and government contacts with a small-town, commonsense approach to people and relationships. Clients often comment that Greg’s working understanding of principles such as “trust,” “community,” and “friendship” makes him an invaluable player in Public Affairs. His background, coupled with his close personal service to a number of Minnesota’s current political figures, puts Greg on a very short list of people with rare insight into the politics and processes of government.