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Ian Hanson

Ian is a thoughtful strategist and communicator who supports wide-ranging public affairs projects for diverse clients, particularly in advocacy and crisis management.
Master messager
Believer in government
History buff

As an account executive, Ian drives message development, builds strategic partnerships and uncovers key insights for the government relations and executive communications teams. Ian also leads and supports initiatives for DHs’ marketing and business development. 

Ian is passionate about the impact that business, community, government and media have on dismantling institutional racism and inequality. He serves on DHs’ internal working group for diversity, equity and inclusion to establish internal DEI goals and lead community-facing priorities that challenge systemic inequities in our region.

Prior to joining DH, Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington, where he focused his studies on the nexus between business, government, labor and community.

Ian served in the Office of Outreach and Involvement for the University of Washington student government during his senior year. As the Office’s assistant director, Ian led recruitment efforts and introductory workshops for students interested in volunteering.

Previously, Ian interned in the Bothell district office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and canvassed for a state senate campaign in his hometown. He also worked for the Seattle Department of Transportation Equity Program, conducting community and student outreach and promoting transit accessibility.

Originally from Minnesota, Ian spent most of his upbringing in Ferndale, Washington, and has fully embraced his parents’ affinity for the Green Bay Packers. You can find Ian absorbed in all things politics and history, meticulously curating music playlists, or exploring Seattle’s breweries.


BA Political Economy; Sociology

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