THE TEAM

TRAVIS WOOD

With 19 years experience, Travis Wood is one of the longest serving lobbyists on Utah's capitol hill. Wood started as the political intern in 1994 with the Senate Minority Leader's office, and soon after was recruited by the Utah Public Employees Association. At UPEA, Wood managed their political action committee, Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE). Travis expanded the organization's operations, and is credited with helping to elect dozens of state and local candidates. In 2000, Wood left UPEA to become the Vice President for Government Relations at the Utah League of Credit Unions. In that role, Wood oversaw the largest PAC in the state at the time. Wood also managed an independent expenditure campaign that the Federal Election Commission ruled should serve as the model for such efforts.
 
Today, Travis is the Executive Director of Utah Health Plans. UHP is the largest trade association in Utah representing the health insurance industry. Travis founded Community Solutions Consulting in 2014.
 
Known as a Democrat, Wood has excellent working relationships with members of both parties. He is known as an expert for health policy and financial services whose advice is sought out on such issues. Travis believes that honesty and loyalty are the most important attributes of any political relationship, and he strives for both in every endeavor.

JOEL JOHNSON

Joel Johnson expands the expertise of Community Solutions Consulting into several areas including Real Estate and Property Management. Prior to joining CSC, Joel had worked nearly ten years in these fields. Joel left direct involvement in these fields to begin working in public advocacy.

After working with the Utah Association of Counties during the legislative general session in 2011, Joel was recruited to become the Director of Advocacy for the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA). USARA is the largest public advocacy group that advocates on behalf of funding for the recovery community. While serving in this position, Joel was also recruited to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. Joel served in this role for approximately six months before being recruited to serve as Deputy Director of the Capitol Hill Association. The Capitol Hill Association is the largest trade association representing the lobbying community in the State of Utah.

Joel is one of the founding partners of CSC. He is currently involved with multiple nonprofit associations, representing a variety of social service needs. His advice is heavily valued and sought after by many professionals in the mental and behavioral health industry.

Joel believes the most important qualities in any business relationship are those of honesty and integrity. Joel was recently married to his wife Ashlyn, and they currently reside in the Salt Lake City area.

ROD JULANDER

Rod JulanderRod Julander has been involved in education and politics for many years. He received a PhD from the University of Utah in 1984. At Weber State University he taught State and Local politics, American Government, The Electoral Process and Public Administration. He also served as chair of the Department of Political Science. Currently he is Professor Emeritus.
 
Active in the Democratic Party in Utah he has held many positions including Vice Chair of the Utah Party. He also served in the Utah State Senate. Julander served as a lobbyist for such organizations as The Utah Association of University Faculty, The City of Provo, and The Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He has also served on several state and local government boards. Julander is the best damn teacher Weber has ever had and has the "I love me wall" to prove it. He is excited to be a member of this firm.