JM Strategies LLC provides consulting services for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, trade associations, and policy coalitions in four core areas:

Strategic Planning & Facilitation

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is often needlessly complex, which is why so many organizations don’t engage. JM Strategies employs a simple and effective partnership approach to planning that is built upon three elements:

  • Identifying or affirming an Organization’s Purpose
  • Defining or Affirming Its Values
  • Determining What it Will Do and How It will Do It

From the very beginning, JM Strategies’ planning processes are holistic and inclusive to ensure the ultimate plan enjoys buy-in and support throughout the organization.

Whether your organization is seeking to reposition itself, improve its processes, or make a major change in direction, JM Strategies will help you develop the strategies to get your organization to where it needs to be.

That’s why nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, economic development groups, trade associations, and policy coalitions throughout the United States have turned to JM Strategies.


JM Strategies provides a range of meeting facilitation and planning services.

  • Board Development:We help boards of directors/trustees identify the potential of their members and develop strategies and action plans to increase board engagement and improve organizational efficiencies.
  • Planning and Facilitation for Meetings, Conferences, and Retreats:We help clients design meetings, conferences, and retreats that engages, involves, and achieves your desired outcomes.
  • Team Building and Development:We facilitate team building, team skills building sessions, and team review sessions that identifies opportunities, improves communications, engages, refocuses, and fosters greater productivity.
  • Community Engagement:We help organizations and government agencies develop and execute successful community forums where the objectives are clearly understood and citizens’ views are heard and respected.​


Additional Planning & Facilitation Services

  • Needs Assessments: JM Strategies provides needs assessments for government agencies, communities, and nonprofits.
  • Action Plan Development: JM Strategies develops detailed action plans for program launches, expanded services, capital campaigns, and operational initiatives.
  • Project Planning: JM Strategies works with clients in designing a clear course of action for an array of projects. We assess goals and objectives, identify potential barriers, pinpoint factors critical for success, and develop detailed plans outlining roles, responsibilities, timelines, and benchmarks.
  • Operational Improvement: JM Strategies evaluates operational governance processes to increase efficiencies, improve operations, strengthen morale, and better serve customers and members.

Public Relations

​Public Relations

Strategy and dedication. These are the two most important elements needed for effective communications.

Today’s public is buried in an avalanche of information. To cut through the clutter, organizations need a strategy that not only communicates but also connects. We work with clients in developing narratives that engages the public, shapes perceptions, and frames public discussions. By utilizing traditional, online, social, and digital media tactics, JM Strategies tailors the best strategy to meet each client’s needs.

Crisis Management and Communications

While many crises are unforeseen, not having a plan to deal with a crisis is unforgivable in today’s media environment. JM Strategies provides crisis management planning services for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. We help clients plan ahead, and when a crisis erupts, we help them effectively communicate their message and, when possible, turn the crisis into an opportunity.

Writing and Editing Services

JM Strategies offers the following writing and editing services to help you tell your story better:

  • Copywriting for Marketing
  • Publication Writing
  • Opinion Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Speechwriting
  • Editing



Strategy is nothing if it is based on understanding what your stakeholders – employees, customers, residents, shareholders – think and how they perceive the situation. Strategies provides clients with the following research services:

  • Online Surveys
  • Focus Groups
  • Community Forums and Town Hall Sessions
  • Stakeholder Interviews

Public Affairs Consulting

When it comes to influencing policy outcomes, your voice is your greatest asset. And whether it’s a decision from City Hall, the State Capitol, or from Washington, DC, JM Strategies works to maximize your influence.

JM Strategies works with clients in developing compelling messages, mobilizing stakeholders, and identifying key influencers to make your voice heard so you can achieve your objective.

JM Strategies has worked in partnership with national public affairs firms on national grasstops mobilization and policy initiatives.

Campaign Consulting Services

Additionally, JM Strategies also provides policy groups and candidates with the following campaign consulting services:

  • Strategy Development
  • Message Development
  • Advertising and Direct Mail Copywriting
  • Speechwriting
  • Coalition Building
  • General Consulting

JM Strategies has strategic partnerships with pollsters, media buyers, graphic artists, audio/video production, and digital marketing teams to provide comprehensive campaign services.

Public Speaking

A gifted and engaging communicator, Jason Matthews delivers speeches and presentations to conferences and retreats on strategic planning, communications, and public affairs.

Jason is an adjunct political science instructor for Bismarck State College, has taught classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Humanities North Dakota. He is also frequently interviewed by media to provide historical, political, and current events analysis.

Book him for a memorable and thought-provoking presentation or speech.

“JM Strategies has been an integral part of the growth of our organization. We began using JM strategies to facilitate our strategic plan. Jason did an excellent job and now this plan is a document we actually use in decision- making and goal setting. From there we hired JM Strategies to oversee our marketing campaigns which include many major initiatives including rebranding the organization, overhauling our website, social media promotion, and marketing materials. Jason is always willing to take on the challenges we ask and has definitely moved the needle on our organization’s visibility, name recognition, and social media presence.”

Brent Ekstrom - Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Development Group

“We were confident the City of Beach was in good hands with JM Strategies facilitating our Strategic Plan and Economic Development & Assessment Evaluation. Jason’s approachable personality made it very easy for stakeholders to be fully engaged in the process. His experience in public relations, and ability to communicate effectively were critical aspects contributing to our successes.”

Kim Gaugler – Auditor, City of Beach, North Dakota

"Our local Community Development Corporation worked with JM Strategies on an extensive review of our economic development efforts. Jason made the process simple for participants and gave us findings that were comprehensive and easy to utilize. As a result, we completely overhauled our economic development structure and merged efforts with our neighboring community. I highly recommend JM Strategies."

Perry Miller – Richland County Commissioner and former Wahpeton (ND) City Council Member

“I worked with Jason Matthews from JM Strategies to refresh our department’s strategic plan. The entire process went smoothly and Jason’s communication and facilitation skills are outstanding. I would certainly choose JM Strategies again based on this positive experience.”

Renae Moch - Director, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health

"Jason is a trustworthy go-to collaborator for me on projects that require strategic planning, group facilitation, and survey development and analysis. What I value most though is his critical thinking skills. Jason 'ups' our game on every project we use JM Strategies for."

Ray Ann Kilen - R Kilen Consulting

Let JM Strategies Help Take Your Organization to the Next Level