Mike Knuth | Executive Vice President for External Affairs

Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Mike Knuth is a dynamic strategist whose capabilities make a dramatic difference for PAC clients. Mike combines his organizational and analytical prowess with his talent for building strategic relationships to create strong, enduring associations. He provides advocacy support for PAC’s clients in 17 states.

The head of PAC’s Sioux Falls office, Mike’s successes on issue campaigns have garnered national attention and numerous awards from Campaigns & Elections Magazine and the American Association of Political Consultants.

Mike is credited with managing the most expensive municipal ballot initiative in South Dakota history, culminating in approval for construction of a $100 million event center, which opened in 2014. Mike brought together 200 of the of the most influential business voices in Sioux Falls to anchor the effort, buttressed by an aggressive voter identification and GOTV program that delivered a 58 to 42 victory deemed “improbable” by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

In 2010, Mike developed the campaign plan for South Dakota Referred Law 12, a statewide health initiative ballot campaign that won with 64 percent of the vote. In 2007, he united sporting groups in support of a Wyoming land use campaign that culminated in the introduction of protective federal legislation on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In 2006, he managed a statewide ballot initiative campaign that raised the tax on tobacco in South Dakota.

Prior to joining PAC, Mike worked for GlaxoSmithKline as Senior Executive Pharmaceutical Consultant. While at GSK, he directed and implemented a comprehensive range of business development functions, earning several awards and industry recognition.

Mike holds a B.S. in Psychology from Temple University.