Steve Alexander

Strategic Partner

A seasoned communications strategist, Steve Alexander was voted “50 People to Watch” influencing San Diego’s future by San Diego Magazine in 2007. He is currently president of The Steve Alexander Group, providing public affairs consultation, specializing in strategic communications, media relations and crisis communications, facilitation, training and team building and meeting management.

Alexander has unique expertise in collaborative decision-making and consensus building. His media training has included hundreds of leaders and communicators throughout the country. As the former regional director of Burson-Marsteller, the world’s largest public relations firm, he built the market in San Diego for the agency, and worked with numerous worldwide projects and clients. He has facilitated such challenging public participation and policy projects as the San Diego State University Aztec Identity Task Force, Alliance Healthcare Foundations’ regional uninsured program, the Naval Training Center visioning project on behalf of the McMillin Companies and planning for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.

Alexander has directed projects for QUALCOMM, Scripps Health, The Nature Conservancy, UC San Diego, San Diego County Water Authority, the Council of Community Clinics, the cities of Coronado, San Diego and Del Mar, Downtown San Diego Partnership, LEAD San Diego, Callaway Golf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Big Sur Land Trust, California Coastkeeper Alliance, and Father Joe’s Villages, among others. He worked closely with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce and other business groups on a project to position and develop a brand for San Diego as a high profile technology and biotech community. He also served as a gubernatorial appointee as president of the California Medical Board, and chairman of the state’s regulatory board for the behavioral sciences in the California Department of Consumer Affairs. He has extensive knowledge of government and consumer regulation issues and board management and training.

Mr. Alexander has also served as a Vice President of Public Affairs at Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger. There he worked with clients including the University of California Riverside, GTE, USA Waste, Kaiser Permanente and California’s SmartCommunities. His work on the National Automated Highway System Consortium and The Naturelands Project resulted in top honors from the American Association of Political Consultants, earning two “Pollie” awards. He keynoted New Zealand’s first conference on communications and behavior change on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment, and been hosted in Chile to work on their country’s natural resources planning.

Mr. Alexander is a recognized leader with a long history of community and political involvement. He served as a commissioner for San Diego’s Park and Recreation Board and chaired the Mission Bay Park Committee. Under his leadership, the city developed an award-winning public outreach effort. With wide-ranging community support, each reviewing agency unanimously approved the Bay’s master plan to guide future development into the 21st Century in the world’s largest aquatic park. Through his work, Mr. Alexander has developed an excellent reputation with elected officials, government staff, and business and community leaders throughout the region, where he has served on a number of boards and committees.

Mr. Alexander has also worked as executive director for a statewide professional association, where he directed statewide government and public relations efforts and membership development campaigns. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the behavioral sciences and experience as a counselor, facilitator, focus group leader and trainer. He has facilitated numerous public and private meetings for groups, organizations and governmental bodies, and conducted focus group activities with various special and public interest groups. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, he honed his communications and facilitation skills and mediation background and now applies these talents to his work in facilitation and strategic communications in public relations.

Mr. Alexander is a member of the International Association of Facilitators, the International Association of Public Participation, and an active member of the Cinema Society of San Diego. City leaders have officially recognized him for his contributions to the community.

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