We Are Almeida Public Affairs

Almeida Public Affairs offers full services to clients in the areas of public affairs and government relations, government contract procurement and maintenance, crisis communications and media relations, issue and candidate campaigns, and political events planning and execution in Minnesota and other states. The firm represents corporations, trade associations and non-profit organizations before state legislatures, local governments and regulatory agencies.

We have extensive experience in helping clients navigate their public and government affairs challenges, and specialize in the intersection of strategy, policy, politics, and communications. We enjoy becoming fully integrated in your team and your work, and pride ourselves on delivering highly effective, highly personalized services in the quick-fire environment that exists in the public affairs realm. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profits.

How We Can Help

Government Relations
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Government Relations

Almeida Public Affairs represents clients from a broad cross-section of industries, from large, multi-national Fortune 100 Corporations to local...

Regulatory Affairs and Consulting
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Regulatory Affairs and Consulting

Minnesota can be a great place to do business, but also poses challenges not seen in many other jurisdictions. The state has a large...

Media Relations and Crisis Communications
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Media Relations and Crisis Communications

With today’s 24-hour news cycle (sometimes less), and the advent of social media in the political and public realm, many businesses and NGOs find...

Government Contract Procurement and Maintenance
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Government Contract Procurement and Maintenance

Winning and maintaining government contracts in Minnesota can be a difficult task even for the best vendors. Our team is here to help companies...

Issue and Candidate Campaigns, Coalition Development
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Issue and Candidate Campaigns, Coalition Development

As veterans of the electoral and political processes with the countless issues and candidate campaigns under our belt, we are very proud of our...

Political Events Planning and Execution
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Political Events Planning and Execution

APA is frequently tapped to plan and execute high-profile events for clients. The last two gubernatorial transition teams hired Almeida Public...

Our Staff

Cristine M. Almeida
Cristine M. Almeida
Attorney at Law, Owner
Cristine Almeida, Attorney at Law, has been active in politics and public policy for over 20 years. She was Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Senate…
Colin Marsh
Colin Marsh
Vice President
Colin Marsh joined the firm in December 2010. He has legislative experience with the House Republican Caucus as well as the House Republican…
Julia Donnelly
Julia Donnelly
Vice President
Julia Donnelly joined Almeida Public Affairs in December 2016. She comes to the firm after serving as Political and Legislative Director for…

Our Clients

AB InBev
American Peat Technology
AT&T
Can Manufacturers Institute
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio
Iron Workers Local 512
Legal Services State Support
Medtronic
Minnesota Land Trust
MPR – Minnesota Public Radio
Polymet Mining
Relx
Xcel Energy

Success Stories

Beginning early in the environmental review process, the Almeida team worked closely with a client to help them secure more than a dozen necessary permits. At every step in the regulatory process, Almeida Public Affairs assisted the client in communication, legislative efforts, and work with state and federal agencies to helped secure first of its kind permits.

Environmental Permitting

Cristine Almeida chaired the Board of Directors for the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, the first campaign in the nation to defeat a same-sex marriage ban constitutional amendment. The Board was comprised of a broad coalition of diverse political parties, advocacy groups and national organizations, which all worked in tandem to oppose the amendment. The campaign raised over $12 million and executed the largest grassroots and communications plan in Minnesota's history to defeat the measure.

Campaign to Defeat Same-Sex Marriage Ban Constitutional Amendment

Almeida Public Affairs played a key role in lobbying for passage of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment and also played a pivotal role in leading and coordinating efforts of the large coalition of environmental and other organizations to advocate for its passage. This successful outcome required a broad range of capabilities, from legislative lobbying to coalition management and campaign communications strategy.

Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment

Almeida Public Affairs worked with the Trust for Public Land to secure funding to conserve 1000 acres of land surrounding La Salle Lake. The lake is Minnesota's deepest lake, and is now part of a State Recreation Area managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

La Salle Lake

Almeida Public Affairs led a coalition to successfully pass the Child Victims Act, legislation that changed the statute of limitations applied to civil legal claims for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Passage of this law relied on a strong coalition of advocates combined with an effective public relations strategy to raise awareness of the importance of this issue. The legislation was passed by both the House and Senate on very strong bi-partisan votes.

Child Victims Act

FEATURED IN TWIN CITIES BUSINESS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LOBBYIST

“For Cristine Almeida, life during the legislative session is all meetings, monitoring, and getting the best deal…”