November 05, 2020

Weighing In: Will MN ever legalize cannabis?

Partner and Principal Leili Fatehi weighs in on whether Minnesota can -- and will -- legalize cannabis as more neighboring states approve measures to do so.

October 27, 2020

Weighing In: Joe on Sky News Podcast

Apparatus Principal Joe Radinovich weighs in on the upcoming US election.

June 05, 2020

Featured: Leili Fatehi in UMN News

'Today, Fatehi is a principal at Apparatus, a general benefit corporation in Minneapolis offering a rare mix of services to clients and projects that “seek the common good.”'

May 13, 2020

Stepping In: Laura to serve as Interim Executive Director at the Citizens League

Laura Monn Ginsburg, Apparatus Partner and Principal, will serve as the Citizens League's interim executive director while a permanent replacement is selected. 

May 06, 2020

In the News: MRMR Helps Cannabis Bill Become Reality

From the article: "We’ve been working with Majority Leader Winkler and his team for nearly a year now to advance conversations in and out of the Capitol,” [Fatehi] said. “Today’s introduction of a comprehensive, equity-focused cannabis legalization bill is a big step for Minnesota and all Minnesotans who know we can responsibly legalize and regulate.”

February 18, 2020

In the News: Coverage from MRMR Lobby Day

“We’re well aware of the challenges that exist in the GOP-controlled Senate. We anticipate that the bill will get caught there. But you know this is an election year, and we think Minnesotans are paying close attention to this issue and anticipate this will be the last year that a bill gets caught up,” said Leili Fatehi, the campaign manager for Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulations.

October 31, 2019

In the News: MRMR Quote in Star Tribune

Leili Fatehi, campaign manager for Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation, which favors legalization, said the current black market conditions are at fault. “Prohibition has not kept kids safe,” she said.

August 26, 2019

In the News: MRMR Quote in Marijuana Moment

“Having the executive branch approach this head-on will build trust at all levels, including with the public and with policymakers who need to act,” said Leili Fatehi, MRMR Campaign Manager.

August 21, 2019

In the News: Apparatus in Strib's Hot Dish

PR exec Laura Monn Ginsburg registered as a lobbyist for Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation. She and Leili Fatehi are repping both legal cannabis and the Craft Brewers Guild. That's the holiday party invite you want!

February 03, 2019

In the News: MRMR Interview in Marijuana Times

'Laura told us that MRMR wants “marijuana legalization in Minnesota to promote economic opportunity and public safety in every community and to redress the disproportionate adverse impacts that marijuana prohibition has had on our residents and communities of color. That’s going to require tough work engaging with many stakeholder groups, but that’s precisely the work we established MRMR to do.”'

January 15, 2019

In the News: MRMR Interview in High Times

'So just who are the Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation? Essentially, anyone and everyone with an interest in ending prohibition. MRMR leaders include Leili Fatehi and Laura Monn Ginsburg from the public affairs firm Apparatus and Jason Tarasek, the Political Director of Minnesota’s Marijuana Policy Project. Additionally, steering committee members include former state lawmakers (both Republican and Democrat), business owners, ACLU attorneys, justice reform advocates, civil society groups, indigenous community leaders, and even the mayor of Minneapolis: Jacob Frey.'

January 15, 2019

In the News: Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation Launches

'There are plenty of logistical reasons Minnesota legislators have given for why the state is, at the very least, “not ready” for legalization. That’s where MRMR, which draws its leadership from government and nonprofit sectors (Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey numbers among them), comes in.'

June 18, 2018

In the News: The Latest on the Enbridge Pipeline Lawsuit

"Enbridge has not shown need nor has it made any showing that it can prevent the spill and climate change impacts for which it and its industry is well known," Sierra Club attorney Leili Fatehi said.

March 23, 2018

In the News: Leili's Run for House Part of a Wave of Female Candidates

Fatehi is also one of three women of color running for the seat in the district, and if she were to win in November, Fatehi would be the first Iranian American woman elected to any office. “If we want to wait our turn we will be waiting forever,” Fatehi said.

January 17, 2018

In Print: Transit Article Published in Citizens League Voice Magazine

Laura was part of a three-person expert panel that weighed in on transit, its importance, and who should ultimately play a key role in its future.

December 07, 2017

In the News: Stopping a Pipeline

In a win along the way, the MN public utilities commission found that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Enbridge’s proposed new Line 3 pipeline was inadequate. Leili is hard at work representing Sierra Club in the fight against Line 3.

November 09, 2017

In the News: Apparatus helps Jacob Frey become Minneapolis' Mayor

Apparatus led communications strategy and deployment for Jacob Frey's campaign for mayor. Read more about his win and what lies ahead.

August 08, 2017

In the News: Using Self-Driving Cars as a Moral Technology for Cities

People tend to think of technologies as being value-neutral, but they’re not. Read more as Leili is interviewed about the ways self-driving cars can be used for moral good.

August 03, 2017

In the News: Apparatus Co-Founders Named to Minnesota Business' Young Entrepreneurs List

Leili Fatehi and Laura Monn Ginsburg are on this year's list of Minnesota Business Young Entrepreneurs.

June 26, 2017

In the News: Apparatus' Here to There Podcast Covered by Go MN

The Here to There podcast was covered by Go MN on June 26, 2017.

June 26, 2017

In the News: Apparatus' Here to There Podcast Covered by Star Tribune

The Here to There podcast was featured in the Metro section of the Star Tribune on June 26, 2017.

June 05, 2017

Press Release: Apparatus and Transit for Livable Communities Launch “Here to There” Podcast Series

Apparatus, a Minneapolis-based policy and public affairs practice, in partnership with Studio Americana and Transit for Livable Communities, Minnesota’s largest transportation advocacy non-profit, today announced the debut of Here to There, a 10-episode podcast series offering a glimpse into the public and private dimensions of commuting in and around the Twin Cities. More information about Here to There, including additional resources, photos, and full episodes is available at

May 11, 2017

Presentation: Minneapolis Downtown Council Quarterly Transportation Forum

Apparatus presented alongside leaders in transportation from the Met Council and Department of Transportation. 

April 26, 2017

In the News: Apparatus and the VW Settlement Controversy at the MN Legislature

Leili is quoted in an article about the legislation to appropriate the Volkswagen settlement -- and talks about why Minnesotans should be concerned about potential outcomes. 

March 01, 2017

Event Videos: Virtual Policy Forum at Robotics Alley

Apparatus announces the completion of a successful Virtual Policy Forum at the 2017 Robotics Alley event in Minneapolis. Event videos from the two-day conference are available now.

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Our Projects

Issue Campaign: Legalizing Marijuana in MN

Apparatus launched a multi-partisan, statewide coalition, Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation (MRMR) to support the effort to responsibly legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use.

Strategic Communications Project: Jacob Frey for Minneapolis

In Fall 2017, we led campaign communications for Jacob Frey in his (successful!) run for Minneapolis mayor. From strategic message-setting to website overhaul to policy formation and talking points, we were excited to fully jump in and help our next mayor get elected! 

Here to There: A podcast about commuting in the Twin Cities -- and where it could go next

Our 10-episode podcast digs into big topics that affect all our lives through the lens of commuting and transportation. Come along for a commute with a Twin Cities resident and then join us in the studio for in-depth discussion of the policies, technology, and systems that affect our transportation opportunities and challenges.

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