The Fearey Group Promotes Sierra Hansen to Vice President, Public Affairs

Hansen to expand firm's established practice in government relations and community relations

Seattle, Wash. – June 13, 2012 – The Fearey Group, one of the leading independent public relations and public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest, today announced it has promoted Sierra Hansen to Vice President, Public Affairs.

As vice president, Hansen will bring her extensive knowledge of public agencies and civic engagement strategies to new and existing clients at The Fearey Group. Hansen’s knowledge and experience, combined with a network of connections around Seattle, make her a formidable ally to clients and partners.

Now in its fourth decade as one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading public relations firms, The Fearey Group has always placed a high premium on its public affairs capabilities. The Fearey Group has deep community relationships, creating a solid understanding of the political and civic landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

“Public affairs, more than anything, is about strong relationships as well as smart strategy. Sierra Hansen provides both,” said Pat Fearey, founder and CEO of The Fearey Group. “Our executive team is proud to have Sierra take a leadership position at our firm.”

In several positions throughout her career in Seattle, Hansen has demonstrated an ability to navigate the twists and turns of public policy and civic engagement. In her work with King County, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle, Hansen combined her hands-on knowledge of public agencies to help constituents successfully advocate for themselves.

In addition to her 16 years of public and political experience, Hansen has a passion for health-related research and delivery, earning a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington’s Institute for Public Health Genetics in 2009. Hansen participated in foundational human genomics research and published a first-author scientific study in a peer-reviewed journal.

At The Fearey Group, Hansen is working with clients to address land use, regulatory, public engagement and sustainability challenges, applying her ability to understand and translate technical information into clear, concise language and actions.
The Fearey Group, which has been at the forefront of numerous public affairs campaigns, including the Seattle Streetcar campaign and the Children’s Hospital expansion, now builds its practice in this area with Hansen’s promotion.

“I relish the opportunity to put my experience to work for new clients,” said Hansen. “I’m gratified that The Fearey Group places such a high value on civic engagement and communications.” 

The Fearey Group specializes in managing communications programs and developing campaigns for many businesses and well-respected organizations based in the Pacific Northwest. In its drive to reinvent public relations, The Fearey Group is bringing new tools of corporate storytelling and public involvement to its client work.

About The Fearey Group

The Fearey Group is one of the leading independent public relations and public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest. Now in its fourth decade, the full-service agency has provided communications services for some of the region’s leading public, private and non-profit organizations and has strong practices in the areas of healthcare, biotechnology, real estate and land use, finance, transportation, nonprofit, consumer marketing and crisis communications. The Fearey Group is now leading its industry in the area of corporate storytelling and is leading the industry to a new practice of social media journalism. The firm is also a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network, an international organization of leading independent, owner-operated public relations agencies.