To understand key challenges to maximize every opportunity

To create a message that informs, engages, and motivates

To provide objective, knowledgeable strategic counsel and advice


Founded in 2013,

Zipko Strategy is a Saint Paul, MN-based public affairs consultancy that provides strategic communications services for a variety of clients that includes businesses, non-profit organizations, government, and advocacy groups.

Led by Mike Zipko, the firm brings together experience from working in the media, political campaigns, government, as well as with and for a variety of businesses and non-profits.

Zipko Strategy Services

  • Communications Strategy and Planning
  • Media Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Crisis & Issues Management
  • Influencer/Key Opinion Leader Outreach
  • Corporate Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Grassroots Advocacy and Outreach
  • Public Affairs Strategy
  • Legislative Outreach Initiatives
  • Content Management
    and Planning

Zipko Strategy Clients



Mike Zipko

Mike Zipko

Founder, Senior Public Relations Consultant

Mike Zipko has more than 15 years of experience helping clients manage issues, address challenges, and maximize opportunities that involve creating and executing effective communications activities.

He served as communications director for Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, deputy communications director for Governor-elect Jesse Ventura’s transition office, deputy communications director for the Minnesota Republican Party during the 1998 campaign season, and deputy press secretary for Minnesota Governor Arne H. Carlson. He has also provided media relations counsel to a number of political campaigns and elected officials.

Mike also worked for seven years in a number of different roles for WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV ranging from field producer to assignment editor. He also spent considerable time covering political issues and events during legislative sessions and a number of election seasons. Mike has strong connections with Twin Cities media to help clients identify and work effectively with reporters and editors.

There are certain projects that allow Zipko Strategy to engage with strategic partners. We are proud to align with other industry experts.

Zipko Strategy knows it’s important to engage and connect with the community. We are proud supporters of a number of community and non-profit organizations:

Serving Our Troops
Member of nationally recognized volunteer group that has served more than 80,000 meals to members of the Minnesota National Guard and their families across the world.

Friends of the Saint Paul Library
Board of directors
Development and event committee

St. Paul Police Foundation
Board of directors

Neighborhood House
Board of directors

Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce
Political Action Committee
Past member of the Board of Directors

Midway Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Past Board Chair

Midway YWCA
Fundraising campaign committee member

Dakota Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board
Board of directors
Marketing committee

Pierce County, WI
County Comprehensive Plan Committee
Farm Technology Days
County Fair Marketing Committee