Laurie Hansen is an independent lobbyist and public affairs consultant specializing in the development and execution of advocacy strategies at the state and local government levels. Based in Sacramento, Calif., she has more than 25 years of experience as a lobbyist, public communications consultant, campaign and political initiatives director and top legislative staff member.
Hansen represents clients before the California Legislature, state and local regulatory agencies, and municipal governments. Her clients include national and state trade associations, plastic manufacturing corporations, building materials suppliers and product manufacturers, construction subcontractors, and retailers with such diverse interests as plastics, the environment, insurance liability and residential construction and trade issues. She has worked closely with the Progressive Bag Alliance led by Chairman Larry Johnson. The PBA cooperated last year with the Californians Against Waste environmental group to help negotiate a bill in California that will require all grocery stores to provide plastic bag recycling opportunities - while putting a stop to communities banning or taxing plastic bags in the Golden State.
In addition to governmental affairs, Hansen also specializes in providing consulting services to companies exploring environmental opportunities at the state and local government levels. She formerly was the western region state and local public affairs director for the American Plastics Council and its predecessor, the Council for Solid Waste Solutions. APC - now part of the American Chemistry Council - was the major trade association for plastic resin manufacturers in the United States. She was involved in state and local government issues in 15 western states.
Prior to joining APC, Hansen worked with the California State Legislature, in senior positions with members of both the Senate and Assembly. She also served as a lobbyist for the state's top educational lobbying firm and participated as a lead staff member in a number of state and local elections and ballot initiatives.