Who we are

Experience you can trust

Olson Effertz Lobbying & Consulting is a joint venture that is ready to transfer their established contacts and working knowledge of North Dakota government, higher education and industry into advocating for the best clients in the state of North Dakota.

Olson Effertz has over 38 years of experience in legal, education and community development. They are recognized as a team who delivers results for their clients.

John Olson

John Olson

A native North Dakotan, received his law degree from the University of North Dakota. In private practice since 1982, along with service as Special Attorney General for the ND Board of Medicine and the ND Board of Architecture, he brings a wealth of understanding to the team.

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Kayla Effertz Kleven

Kayla Effertz Kleven

A lifelong North Dakotan, has undergraduate degrees in marketing and communication and later a master’s in educational leadership.

Her background in agriculture and education served her well as Governor Hoeven and Dalrymple’s Senior Policy Advisor with portfolios in education, agriculture, and tax.

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Principal Consultants

Pam Sharp

Pam Sharp served as director of the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for fifteen years, serving under three governors. As OMB Director, she oversaw the fiscal administration of the executive branch of state government which included accounting, budget, payroll, financial reporting, facility management, human resources, risk management, state procurement, and central services. Prior to becoming OMB Director, she served for five years as Deputy Director; six years as budget analyst; also served in the Tax Commissioner, Auditor, and State Treasurer’s offices.

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Lisa Feldner

Lisa Feldner has over 30 years of experience in technology, business, primary and post-secondary education, and state government.

Lisa, a native North Dakotan, excelled in higher education and received multiple degrees in education, computer science and business along with her doctorate in educational leadership.

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“The unique aspect Olson Effertz Lobbying brings is a set of diverse and qualified experiences. John’s understanding of the Legislature and Kayla’s knowledge of the Executive Branch are very complementary and lead to relationships that are conducive to policy development in the North Dakota Legislature.”

– BRENT L. HOLMAN DDS., Executive Director North Dakota Dental Association

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“For the last ten years, the Olson Effertz team has provided knowledge of the governmental process and public policy. They are well connected and gather insight, utilizing their connections to support the North Dakota Pharmacists Association legislative goals and objectives.”

– MIKE SCHWAB, Executive Vice President North Dakota Pharmacists Association

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