Elizabeth Hansen

President and Partner

Elizabeth Hansen
"To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater."

~Paul David Hewson

Elizabeth A. Hansen is a senior strategist and project manager with more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning and the implementation of community, government and media outreach programs.

At Southwest Strategies, Hansen assists a wide variety of private and public clients through the entitlement process, overseeing outreach programs related to land use, transportation and infrastructure projects for clients such as Tri Pointe Homes (FKA Pardee Homes), Starbucks, SANDAG, Caltrans, Poseidon Water and the City of Carlsbad. A veteran event planner, Hansen has coordinated some of the firm’s largest special events, including grand openings, community celebrations and ribbon-cuttings.

Hansen is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. In 2018, she was appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to the City of San Diego’s Board of Library Commissioners, named one of San Diego’s Most Influential Women by The Daily Transcript and received the Deborah Baker Public Relations Professional of the Year Award from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to joining Southwest Strategies in 2000, Hansen was a staff writer for Arizona’s leading sports magazine and a photojournalist for San Diego Magazine.

  • Community Outreach
  • Government Relations
  • Project Management
  • Crisis Communications
  • Coalition Building
  • Special Events Planning
  • Political Campaigns
  • Marketing, Publicity and Digital Advocacy
  • Media Training
  • Land Use and Development/Entitlements
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Permitting
  • City of San Diego Library Commissioner
  • San Diego Public Library Foundation Board Member
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl Life Committee Member
  • Former YMCA of San Diego County’s Youth & Family Services Board Member
  • Former Vice Chair of the Scripps Ranch Planning Group
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Our expertise, strategic guidance and innovative approach have made Southwest Strategies California’s leading public affairs and public outreach firm. Our clients come to us because we work harder, we produce more – and we get results. We design creative strategies to solve the complex issues that our clients – large and small – face every day. Let us put our knowledge, capabilities and creativity to work for you.

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