Martin Bilbao understands how Idaho politics works – both inside and outside the halls of the State Capitol.

An Idaho native, Martin has played key leadership roles in successful statewide campaigns and has extensive experience advocating for interests before the state legislature and state government. Martin knows the people and understands the process that drives public policy decisions in Idaho.

Before joining Bilbao & Co., Martin was a principal at Gallatin Public Affairs and lead the government affairs division in the Boise office.

During the 2014 election, Martin served as Finance Director for Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s successful re-election campaign where he raised nearly $2.5 million helping Otter secure a third term. In 2010, he managed the successful campaign for Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.

From 2007 through 2013, Martin represented clients before the Idaho legislature and state government, building relationships with state lawmakers and state agencies, creating legislative strategies, and tracking and drafting legislation. From 2010 to 2013 Martin worked for Education Networks of America and from 2007 to 2010 he represented a diverse roster of clients at the State Capitol for Idaho government relations firm Connolly & Smyser Chartered. Martin got his first taste of politics working for the Idaho Republican Party.

Martin earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho. He also studied at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country) in Bilbao, Spain. Martin served as President of the Basque Foundation, Inc. and he currently on the Board of Directors.

Ysabel Bilbao delivered exactly what I asked for, when promised and on-budget. She brings energy and drive to all forms of communication.

Priscilla SalantDirector of McClure Center for Public Policy Research

Coach Ysabel created an atmosphere within our team to approach our citizen information/education goals from a disinterested third-party perspective. Since we could not see the ‘forest for the trees’, she asked the appropriate questions to draw out the details of our project and put them in a usable format that our citizens easily understood. Her support activities were timely, comprehensive and extremely cost effective. We owe a tremendous amount of the project’s success to Miss Bilbao.

Rick WatkinsCity Administrator for the City of Fruitland

Our experience working with Ysabel couldn't be better. She is not only a talented writer, she is someone we can count on to be super responsive and easy to collaborate with.

Katie MeyersBrand Development Manager, Rizen Creative

Ysabel knows the media and has a deep respect for their timelines and needs. This helped our company be able to effectively share our story with reporters and the public. Ysabel is efficient and dedicated to her clients and we would recommend her expertise to others.

Dr. Mike ShirtcliffCEO/President of Advantage Dental

Ysabel has been a tremendous asset to our public outreach efforts. Her ability to distill complex issues into understandable messaging is invaluable.

John EvansMayor, City of Garden City