Jon Youngdahl

Owner | Strategic Consultant

Over 30 years of leadership experience in developing successful organizing and strategic campaigns; winning electoral, legislative and ballot initiative campaigns; and developing and directing strong and powerful organizations, unions and coalitions.

Skill Highlights

  • Designing, directing and implementing winning electoral, legislative and ballot initiative campaigns
  • Analyzing public policies and lobbying for passage of key legislative proposals and enactment of critical administrative changes
  • Designing strategic campaigns, political strategies and fundraising plans for new member organizing
  • Building effective coalitions and strategic alliances to win
  • Working with boards of directors and executive committees to develop, implement and evaluate strategic goals and plans
  • Developing member leaders and activists to successfully carryout vision and agenda of organizations and unions
  • Recruiting, managing, developing and retaining effective staff operations
  • Designing and staying aligned with organizational budgets


Strategic Consultant
Youngdahl Strategies

Senior Advisor
ATLAS Project

Executive Director
SEIU California State Council

Chief of Staff
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

National Political Director
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Campaign Manager
Hatch for Governor

State Director MN Labor 2004
National AFL-CIO

Executive Director
SEIU Minnesota State Council

International Coordinator, Healthcare Workers Council
United Steelworkers of America

Corporate Campaign Director
United Steelworkers of America

Executive Director
Minnesota COACT

Midwest Regional Organizer
Bread for the World

07/2016 to Current
Sacramento, CA

07/2016 to 01/2017
Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC

2/2013 to 07/2016
Sacramento, CA

12/2010 to 01/2013
Washington, DC

02/2007 to 11/2010
Washington, DC

08/2006 to 11/2006
St. Paul, MN

12/2003 to 11/2004
St. Paul, MN

6/2002 to 01/2007
St. Paul, MN

1/2001 to 05/2002
Minneapolis, MN

12/1998 to 12/2000
San Francisco, CA & Auburn, WA

02/1991 to 11/1997
Minneapolis, MN

07/1986 to 01/1991
Minneapolis, MN


  • Reprioritized SEIU California’s goals, work plans and budgets to focus on new member organizing in private and public sectors, and investments in activating the “Rising American Electorate”
  • Worked with leaders and staff to oversee SEIU California’s successful 2013-2016 state legislative campaigns, including health care county realignment, overtime pay for IHSS caregivers, funding and training for child care and early childhood education, wage theft protection and $15/hour minimum wage
  • Envisioned and launched new 35-organizational member legislative coalition “Building the California Dream Alliance” in 2015-2016
  • Managed SEIU’s 800-person staff operation and worked with SEIU International Union Officers and senior staff in 2010-2013 to create work plans and carry out unionwide agenda
  • Oversaw SEIU’s public campaigns in 2009-2010 for the Affordable Care Act and labor law reform
  • Directed SEIU’s engagement on and $95 Million investment in the 2008 US presidential election and managed all independent expenditures
  • Directed Attorney General Mike Hatch’s gubernatorial campaign in close contest with incumbent Governor Tim Pawlenty
  • Co-founded and directed Workers for Wellstone campaign in 2002, and served as 5th Congressional District Wellstone advisor and member of Wellstone for Senate Field Advisory Group in 1996
  • Coordinated Steelworkers winning public campaign against Kaiser Aluminum involving 3,000 locked-out Steelworkers in 1998-2000
  • Managed 1996 successful and top targeted campaign against incumbent Republican in Twin Cities suburb by electing first-in-nation Asian Indian to a state legislature

Professional Training and Development

  • Ongoing organizational development and coaching training
  • Completed national organizers training of the Midwest Academy
  • Participated in organizer trainings of the Industrial Areas Foundation
  • Completed national anti-racism training of Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond


“Standing Up for Justice” Award
of Korean Resource Center
December 2015
Los Angeles, CA

“National Progressive Leadership”
Award of Midwest Academy
December 2010
Washington, DC

“Progressive Leadership” Award
of Progressive Minnesota
September 2004
Minneapolis, MN