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About Dr. John Pournoor, Founder and President


John is the CEO and founder of Government Analytica.  He has 35 years of experience working at the nexus of governments and industry, most recently as VP of Government Affairs at 3M with operations in 29 states and in over 37 countries. Government Analytica provides its private and public sector clients research, analysis, and public-value thought leadership insights and content to better engage governments in health care, infrastructure, technology, trade, supply chains, safety, and security sectors


In September of 2001, John embraced a significant opportunity presented by his employer, 3M. He was entrusted with the crucial task of leading a consortium of esteemed companies to address the pressing needs of the US Government. This extraordinary initiative, known as CBRTA Alliance, included renowned organizations like Beckton Dickinson, Black and Veatch, Cargill, Mayo Clinic, Motorola, Honeywell, Lucent/Bell, General Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. During a pivotal period in our nation’s history, this collaboration proved to be the perfect platform to work alongside industry leaders who implemented diverse strategies for effective US government engagement and service in the aftermath of 9/11.  Driven by remarkable success, he was further entrusted to establish 3M’s International Government Affairs Team while a groundbreaking trend was on the rise.


Governments worldwide had started generating enormous amounts of data and publish it. Today, this new wave of digital information encompassed economic, social, and a myriad of other indicators all in the public domain. Surprisingly, despite this wealth of information, many advocacy practitioners were not harnessing its potential to elegantly quantify the public value of their proposals and inspire communities, policymakers, and governments.

At Government Analytica, we recognize the immense power hidden within analytics to prove public value. We thrive on tapping into its potential to unlock new opportunities, develop innovative strategies, and drive meaningful change for our clients. With our expertise, we help organizations like yours effectively leverage this wealth of information to showcase the true value of your proposals and captivate the hearts and minds of policymakers.


With an impressive track record spanning over three decades, John has navigated advocacy programs through national and global crises, the COVID-19 pandemic, and numerous other externalities in the U.S., European Union, Mercosur, ASEAN, GCC, and G20 countries. His expertise covers a wide range of areas of perpetual interest, including public policy analysis, population-driven shifts, supply chains, trade, economy, industry and service sectors, healthcare, infrastructure, urbanization, mobility, safety, and security. Working with heads-of-state, cabinet members, ministers, parliamentarians, and diplomats in over 40 countries, John has built an exceptional global network. His fluency in business, politics, and data at both national and international levels sets him apart. He has an unwavering commitment to excellence, as he continues to engage at senior levels.

Years of experience in 
government advocacy

Mastery and experience
spanning thousands of projects

Expertise in healthcare, infrastructure, development, trade at the federal level, 29 states and nearly 40 countries


John is part analytics craftsman, part public value storyteller. He has developed novel approaches that simplify the complexity of showcasing superior public value.  His custom-fit outcome models use local data to home in on a proposal’s public-value and communicate it with cultural literacy. Today, Government Analytica systems mine and organize the world of Government data from a wide array of public domain sources.   Then our analytical tools and techniques are applied to this rich pool of structured information to extract the superior public value of client proposals or initiatives.  John and Government Analytica are here to help changemakers become stronger advocates and win the hearts and minds of communities, policymakers, and governments.

John earned his degrees in engineering (BS, MS & PhD) from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington, Seattle, and MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Over many years he has applied his analytics skills to practical applications in Government Affairs, Public Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Relations, contributing to advancing each field.  John has worked for Intel, Chevron, Boeing, Dupont, and 3M.  He has served on numerous boards and has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Minnesota District Export Council.  He is an inventor and holds several patents.  John is a tireless advocate and volunteer for community-based organizations. He lives with his wife, Erin, in Minneapolis where they enjoy film, music, and theater. He is an avid cook. His travels and his weakness for good food and good company has blessed him with many lasting friendships around the world.

The driver of data and analytics in advocacy is storytelling.  We help you find the powerful, inspiring, underlying stories of public value beneath the analytics.  Our expertise is in uncovering the hidden value and the big picture in data insights.

Select Public References to John Pournoor

Beyond Funding: A Case for using the power of people to advance health equity |

John points out that advocacy is not unique to 3M or the healthcare sector; it’s an essential part of communicating with policymakers – and it happens around the globe.

How 3M Modernized its Global Government Affairs Center | Fiscal Note

Everything my colleagues and I do in government affairs emphasizes a spirit of service. We focus on areas of greatest public value where we share mutual interests born out of the desire to contribute to solutions within the scope and expertise we have.

13 Advocacy Strategies for Running a Successful Campaign | VoterVoice

“Measurement is becoming increasingly critical and that means we somehow need to translate soft data into something that has an assigned value to it, and that we report on that value or a hybrid of metrics that is able to better paint the picture of what government affairs does,” says John Pournoor.

Data by itself is inherently noisy.

We offer clients a meaningful understanding of geopolitical data without the anxiety that comes with working with vast data feeds.