John-Paul Yates
Director, Public Affairs

John-Paul Yates

Areas of Expertise: Public Affairs

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From the campaign trail to the Capitol, John-Paul builds advocacy strategies that work.

John-Paul helps clients navigate their public policy challenges with experience both in Saint Paul and in Congress. Known for his steady demeanor and ability to forge strong relationships, John-Paul quickly makes meaningful connections for our clients.

John-Paul has nearly 15 years of government, campaign and lobbying experience from serving as district director and campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to directing public policy for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Yates worked for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus as committee administrator for the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

John-Paul recently completed his 46th trip to the Boundary Waters and his first Chequamegon 40 mountain bike race. When not paddling or biking, John-Paul is touring local parks with his wife and two sons.


Joined Goff Public: 2022
Alma Mater: Seton Hall University

Conversation Starters

  • Boundary Waters
  • Coffee brewing
  • Fat biking

Civic Involvement

  • Selection Committee, University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows Program
  • University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows Program, 2021-2022 Cohort

Posts by John-Paul Yates

Kids in Halloween costumes

Halloween throwbacks

Seufean Thao Gofftern

Gofftern Q&A: Seufean Thao

Goff Public Appreciation Party

The Crisis Files with Roshini Rajkumar and Jennifer Hellman

Joining the Crisis Squad

Team Goff summer highlights

The power of earned media

Fall fun at Keg and Case

Meet our interns

No time to plan?

Saints 26 for 26

We moved!

We’re moving!