We strive to provide critical analysis, management, and advocacy on local, state, and federal matters pertaining to our clients business.

Kris Knauss

Managing Partner

Kristopher Knauss is a fourth generation Alaskan.  He graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science and History. During his tenure at Arizona State, Mr. Knauss actively engaged in  government affairs and politics, serving as intern to the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and then as campaign staff for the first female Governor of Arizona, Jane Dee Hull.

After returning to Alaska, Mr. Knauss served as a legislative aide to the Alaska State Senate President for two years.  He became Chief of Staff to the Alaska State House Rules Committee and then Chief of Staff to Alaska State Speaker of the House where he served for approximately two years.

Because of Mr. Knauss’ familiarity with state government from the executive and legislative branches, Governor Murkowski appointed him Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy for the State of Alaska.  In this role, he interfaced on a daily basis with the Governor, Chief of Staff, and Cabinet members.  Additionally, Mr. Knauss represented the Governor and was his lead staff person with non-partisan organizations such as the National Governors’ Association, Western Governors’ Association, Council of State Governments, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, as well as partisan groups such as the Republican Governors’ Association and the Republican National Committee.

Government Affairs is a constantly changing environment that requires a unique and first hand understanding to be effective and take full advantage of the opportunities involved and presented.  Mr. Knauss has this understanding and in June 2005 resigned his position to join the private sector as the owner and principal of The Knauss Group, LLC, which specializes in government affairs consulting and lobbying the State of Alaska.

In his personal time, Mr. Knauss continues in his elected position on the Board of Directors for USA Hockey, and serves as Chairman of the USA Hockey Pacific District.  In this role, Mr. Knauss oversees youth player development along the west coast and works closely with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) on their 40-Man Tryout Camp.


Royce weller

Founding Partner

Mr. Weller is an alumnus of Kenai Central High. He graduated with high honors from the University of California - Santa Barbara, and attended Michigan State University where he studied resource economics.

After returning to Alaska, Mr. Weller served as a legislative aide to the Alaska State Speaker of the House. Over the course of serving eleven years as a legislative aide, he was Chief of Staff to the House Labor & Commerce Chairman and finance aide to the Co-Chair of House Finance. 

Given his Legislative background, Mr. Weller was appointed Legislative Liaison to the Commissioner of Revenue. He rose to Assistant Commissioner with jurisdiction over tax programs, Child Support Enforcement, and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division. Mr. Weller went on to become a budget analyst for the Governor's Office of Management & Budget. He finished up his twenty one years of state service as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Safety. 

Mr. Weller, based in Juneau, has been a lobbyist and client consultant for the past fifteen years. Through his firm, Weller Consulting, he has specialized in Oil & Gas, health, financing, and budgetary matters. 

Represented Clients


  • ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

  • Saltchuk Resources, Inc.

  • JACOBS Engineering, Inc.

  • Alaska Pacific University (APU)

  • City of Whittier

  • GCI

  • Hertz Corporation

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)

  • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)

  • Kiska Metals Corporation

  • PhRMA

  • GEICO, Inc.

  • Multistate Associates, Inc.


  • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

  • GCI

  • Lyft, Inc.

  • Yukon Government

  • Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNA)

  • BrightSpring Health Services, Inc.

  • Comagine Health, Inc.




With offices in Anchorage and 38 ft. from the Capitol Building in Juneau, Confluence Strategies, Inc. is located at the center of Alaskan politics.



Founded in July 2017, Confluence Strategies, Inc. was a merger between The Knauss Group, LLC and Royce Weller and Associates, Inc.  Together, Knauss and Weller have over sixty years experience with the State of Alaska and its Legislature.


Strategic Partnership


  • Council of Alaska Producers (Hard Rock Mining)

  • Teck - Red Dog Mine

  • Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company

  • Alaska Miners Association

  • City of Seward

  • City of Galena

  • Galena Schools

  • Alaska Salmon Hatchery Alliance

  • Arctic Winter Games

  • Alaska Electric Light & Power

  • HAP Alaska - Holland America / Princess Cruise Lines

  • Doyon, Limited

  • NANA Development Corporation

  • Old Harbor Native Corporation

  • Seward Sealife Center

  • Prince Williams Sound Aquaculture Corporation

  • Purse Seine Vessel Owners

  • Usibelli Coal Mine

  • Constantine Metal Resources, Ltd.

  • PhRMA