Our Team

Kevin Johnson
Founding Associated Partner

Legislative Associated Partners (LAP) was founded by Associated Partner Kevin D. Johnson.  As a native Texan, Kevin has spent the last 36 years of his life dedicated to working with businesses creating jobs and opportunities for his fellow Texans.  Over these years, Kevin has built a diverse background in business development, finance, marketing and acquisitions.

Over the past decade and a half, Kevin has worked with both large and small companies on issues dedicated to governmental affairs.  Having worked with associate lobbyists as well as state and local legislature on issues affecting local municipalities, county and state projects, Kevin can bring a unique perspective to every relationship.

 

Also, having had extensive experience in working directly with the Texas State Legislature introducing strategic Legislative Bills as well as State and Local Propositions.  Kevin's experience and unwavering dedication to getting the job done set him apart.

The dedication and loyalty you see from Kevin and LAP can be directly tied back to Kevin's family.  Kevin and his wife have raised three children through college and on to adult life.  Despite all three being on their own, the five of them (as well as their significant others) continue to be a tight knit family that often vacations, and in some cases, and works together.  The entire family is Texas through and through.  Spending weekends and holidays together watching football, enjoying the outdoors and attending Kingsland Baptist Church, as the entire family has for the past 20 years.  Kevin and his wife have spent several years volunteering with their local High School Booster Club of which Kevin has served as the President.

Brad Bengtson
Vice President of 
Operations and Communications

Since the inception of Legislative Associate Partners, Brad has served as the company's VP of Operations and Communications.  With a working relationship that spans over 30 years, Kevin and Brad have been able to combine their unique abilities and backgrounds in creating a successful business.

Having authored a number of proposed State and Local Constitutional amendments on behalf of businesses and politicians, Brad brings a variety of strengths and experiences that the company can apply on behalf of their clients.  Additionally, Brad handles a variety of public communication projects in an effort to bring grassroots information necessary for every effective legislative endeavor. 

Operationally, Brad utilizes a deep and diverse industry consultants designed to limit costs and create first hand, objective input that allows LAP to provide their partners with an unbiased and complete service that best achieves their goals.

Away from work, Brad has spent the past 20 years involved in youth sports including heading up a league of nearly 1,000 young athletes between 5 and 15.  His involvement in youth sports has been diverse to say the least.  He's worked with baseball, football, mountain biking and road cycling.  Brad and his wife have two children, ages 21 and 16.  The oldest is a collegiate athlete and captain of his team, while his daughter is a 16 year old Varsity High School Soccer player.

Zulema Escobedo
Public Relations Director
Charlsye Hassold
Director of Marketing and Administrations

An industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in Public Relations and Marketing, Zulema Escobedo has a proven ability to bring community needs and and business opportunities together. 

 

What fulfills Zulema more than anything is being the person that brings the community and companies together.  Her ability and vision to nurture these relationships have brought her to work  with national companies that include law firms , and many more medium to large sized corporations. 

In 2017, Zulema was honored to have won the Dr. Martin Luther King award for community involvement.  That same year, Zulema also brought more than fifty new sponsors to the Annual Mexican Heritage Fiesta, which she is president of this established recognized organization. 

Charlsye provides administrative support to the Legislative Associate Partners team as well as oversees the Marketing team. Charlsye is a native Houstonian and has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for 3 years. Outside of work Charlsye enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kelsey Johnson
Creative Director

Kelsey provides the team with creative direction for in house graphic design work for advertising and marketing. She is a Native Houstonian with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Houston. She was nominated best in show of her graduating class and enjoys broadening her creative and artistic skills in her free time.