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Lilja Communications is a creative communications agency crafting stories that inspire.

Our approach is influenced by core communication principles that stand the test of time. We center on people and relationships to ground our communications in authentic, engaging ways. 


We care deeply about our clients, our work and our world.

We deliver on our promises.

We lead with integrity.

We create exceptional work that does exceptional good.


Mary Lilja founded Lilja Communications (originally called Lilja Ink) in 1988. With her job moving to New York and three young children, she decided to seize

the entrepreneurial roots instilled in her by her father and go out on her own.


She drew on her background in speechwriting and corporate communications to work with industries ranging from retail to banking, as well as nonprofits

and foundations, steadily growing her roster of clients, her team and the agency’s capabilities.


These themes continue today in the second generation of Lilja Communications leadership. After a stint as an intern at Lilja Communications and a career in sustainability communications in Salt Lake City, Mary’s daughter, Kate Lilja Lohnes, moved back to Minnesota to rejoin Lilja. She officially took the helm of the business in January 2020 (such wonderful timing with a pandemic on the way). Mary graciously delayed her retirement to help the team navigate the choppy waters of the pandemic.


While Kate and Mary’s goals of crafting good stories of good clients doing good work remain the same, Kate recentered the business around crafting the stories of impact-focused organizations that make a difference in our communities.  


We continue to serve a wide variety of clients, telling their stories through thought leadership,
a video, a website, a newsletter and more. Our approach is influenced by core communication principles that stand the test of time. We center
on people and relationships to ground our communications in authentic, engaging ways. 

And Mary still chimes in from time to time … 

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“I love working with the Lilja Team! They are responsive, creative and their work is consistently excellent.” ​ – Suzanne Koepplinger, Catalyst Initiative


Kate Lilja Lohnes



Alicia DeMatteo


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Holly Fritz

Specialist, Digital Media


Mary Lilja



Lilja Communications is a small business that is committed to taking steps to reduce its impact on the environment. The policy steps outlined below are simply the beginning of our internal efforts to enhance corporate sustainability.

Our goals are to:

  • Integrate sustainability into all of our business decisions.

  • Minimize the impact of our office and transportation activities.

  • Ensure that everyone on the Lilja team knows and understands our Sustainability Policy and is committed to implementing and improving it.

  • Encourage our clients and the broader community to consider implementing sustainability practices in their daily lives.

  • Review and continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.



  • Power the Lilja office with 100% renewable electricity​​

  • Power down computers and turn off all lights at the end of the workday.

  • Unplug devices once fully charged; remove plug from outlet when not in use.

  • Turn on lights only when necessary; make the most of natural light whenever possible!

  • Run the dishwasher only when full of dirty dishes (and not just every night). 

  • Replace light bulbs with high efficiency LEDs, when possible.

  • Use rechargeable batteries in all battery-powered devices (computer mice, TV remotes); recharge batteries on-site.

Office Supplies

  • Use 100% post-consumer recycled paper products whenever possible.

  • Purchase only environmentally friendly products for office use, including soaps, candles, dish detergent and lotions that are free of phthalates, parabens, harsh detergents and synthetic fragrances.

  • Order new supplies only as needed; reuse supplies over buying new when possible.

  • Utilize durable kitchen supplies, including plates, cups and utensils. 

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to offsite meetings to avoid use of plastic water bottles.


Waste & Recycling

  • Ensure employees understand how to fully utilize office recycling bins.

  • Explore the feasibility of on-site composting service through Hennepin County.

  • Print only when necessary, utilizing double-sided printing at all times.

  • Properly dispose of office supplies and materials when they reach their end of life, whether that means recycling or dropping off at a designated site.





  • Minimize out-of-office meetings that require travel by vehicle.

  • Carpool to lunches, when applicable, or “group order” to reduce vehicle trips.

  • Create space within the office for bike storage, as needed. Employees who bike to work are encouraged to dress casually as an incentive.



  • Lilja Communications hosts an annual staff Earth Day cleanup in the natural area surrounding our office. Trash and other items are collected and recycled, as applicable.


Community Involvement

  • Explore local engagement opportunities, including serving on citizen sustainability commissions and donating professional services through select nonprofit pro bono work.



  • Encourage mental, emotional and physical well-being for all employees through practices during the workday, such as taking walks outside, signing off during lunch breaks, leaving work at the office, group chats during the day, etc.

  • Offer summer hours for the team, which allows employees to leave at noon on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 


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8953 Aztec Drive

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

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