Catalyst Public Affairs is pleased to announce that Jim Grotrian will join its team as Strategic Initiatives Director, working out of its Lincoln office.

Within this role, Grotrian will bring strategic ideas and new opportunities to build meaningful partnerships with clients, as well as work on public policy, relationship building and sharing his deep knowledge across many sectors.  

“I was attracted to Catalyst’s mission to create, build, invest and maintain relationships,” Grotrian said. “I believe in working collaboratively, especially in public and private partnerships, which is a multiplier to truly create change.”

Grotrian comes to Catalyst with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, public and media relations, strategic partnerships, public policy, community development and agriculture. Most recently, he has represented some of Nebraska’s finest institutions of higher learning and recently held executive level positions at Bellevue University for three years. As a trusted advisor, strategic leader, and at the forefront of building strategic partnerships with industry, Gortrian led the strategic planning process for Metropolitan Community College that set the stage for the $95 million expansion and development project on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus. This background has prepared Grotrian for an easy transition to his current position with Catalyst. “I intend to apply my passion for public private partnerships, policy, advocacy and strategic planning to help Catalyst continue to grow, build relationships and be an integral part of our clients’ successes,” he said. 

In addition to his prior experiences in higher education, Grotrian has extensive experience in policy and the legislative process. Grotrian served as the Vice President of Public Policy and Community Development for the Greater Omaha Chamber and was a registered lobbyist for MCC. 

Grotrian combines his professional experiences with a dedication to community involvement, having served on multiple boards and committees. Jim has served on the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, the Parker Family Foundation and in 2010, was elected to the Sanitary and Improvement Districts #5 Board in Cass County, serving more than 1,600 residents. 

For more information, please contact Grotrian at 402-679-9158, or visit the Catalyst Public Affairs website at