San Diego CA— Southwest Strategies, one of the leading public affairs firms in California, has named Elizabeth Hansen to be its next President effective immediately. The company’s current President, Chris Wahl will become the Chief Executive Officer of the firm.
“Elizabeth is an accomplished public affairs practitioner with an impressive track record,” said Wahl. “She is a perfect fit for this position and I look forward to working closely with her to chart a path for continued growth and success at Southwest Strategies.”
Hansen has worked at Southwest Strategies for more than 20 years. She is currently an Executive Vice President, managing a wide range of projects, including entitlements for Tri Pointe Homes (FKA Pardee Homes), public outreach for Poseidon Water and infrastructure communications for the City of Carlsbad. Hansen is a PRSA Deborah Baker Public Relations Professional of the Year Award winner, was named one of San Diego’s Most Influential Women by The Daily Transcript and serves on the City of San Diego Board of Library Commissioners. She also manages the company’s Leadership Team, which oversees much of the day-to-day operations of the firm.
Wahl, who has served as the company’s President since 2008, will transition to the role of CEO, continuing to lead and provide strategic direction for major projects and initiatives. He will also focus on implementing a broader vision for the company.
“Southwest Strategies is focused on providing exceptional service to our clients,” said Wahl. “With Elizabeth as our President, I am confident in our ability to continue to meet this high bar, as we cultivate a new generation of leaders in our field and embrace diversity and inclusion in our decision-making process.”
About Southwest Strategies
Southwest Strategies is a nationally recognized public affairs agency specializing in public outreach and strategic communications for land development, water, energy and transportation. With offices in San Diego, the Central Valley and the Bay Area, Southwest Strategies is one of the top communications firms in California. Through strategic planning, innovative communications and community partnerships, Southwest Strategies helps clients engage with local communities, navigate complex public affairs issues, overcome communication challenges and achieve award-winning results. For more information, visit swspr.com.