New Hires Join San Diego Office of Southwest Strategies

Feb 27, 2020

San Diego public affairs firm strengthens team with five new additions

SAN DIEGO, CA (February 19, 2020) –– Southwest Strategies, one of California’s leading public affairs and public outreach agencies, is pleased to announce the addition of five new employees to its San Diego office: Manager of Public Affairs, Dustin Lawrence; Account Executive, Rashid Binnur; Account Executive, Daniela Gorrino; Account Executive, Stefanie Tellez; and Graphic Designer, Eddie Villanueva.

“Dustin, Rashid, Daniela, Stefanie and Eddie bring significant skills and experience to our already accomplished team. Their diverse backgrounds and strengths will help support our clients on the many complex matters they face,” said Elizabeth Hansen, Executive Vice President.

Dustin joins Southwest Strategies from the Los Angeles office of SKDKnickerbocker, where he worked across political and public affairs clientele assisting in campaign strategy on congressional, state assembly, state superintendent and school board races. Most recently, he spearheaded public affairs strategy for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), the largest homeless housing provider in California.

In his role as Manager of Public Affairs, Dustin works on transportation projects and a number of infrastructure issues pertinent to the region’s continued economic growth and development.

Rashid returns to Southwest Strategies where he was previously an intern. Prior to his role at Southwest Strategies, Rashid interned at Englander Knabe & Allen (EKA), a lobbying firm in Los Angeles, where he assisted agency partners with research, drafting materials and updating databases. He was also a public relations intern for Hylink, a Chinese advertising agency, where he assisted the public relations team in research and managing the firm’s social media.

As an Account Executive, Rashid conducts community outreach and helps develop a wide range of digital and print materials, ensuring consistent branding throughout both short and long-term strategic outreach campaigns.

Daniela comes to Southwest Strategies from the National City Chamber of Commerce, where she served on seven annual event committees, managed the 2019 Mariachi Festival, supervised the internship program and supported member relations, fund management and social media marketing. Prior to working at the National City Chamber, Daniela was a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, where she created databases and communications for regional tradeshows.

As an Account Executive, Daniela uses her experience in multicultural outreach and community engagement to effectively assist clients with public relations efforts, focusing on the transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Stefanie joins Southwest Strategies from SDG&E where she served as a Customer Outreach Representative. Before SDG&E, Stefanie was a social media intern for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She also interned for KM Strategies, a political fundraising firm, where she provided support on a number of local campaigns. Additionally, Stefanie managed her own social media consultant business, assisting local small businesses with social media and public relations services.

As an Account Executive, Stefanie assists with projects involving land use development and digital outreach. Her multicultural experience and background in journalism, community events and government provide a unique and valuable perspective to her work at Southwest Strategies.

Eddie joins Southwest Strategies with a wealth of design experience ranging from inhouse design at the Competitor Group to working on a variety of design projects for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, VeloNews Magazine, Brooks Running, United Airlines and Westin Hotels. He also has an agency background, working as a UX/UI Designer at Made by Grizzly.

As part of the graphic design team at Southwest Strategies, Eddie hopes to help the company grow through the power of design. His expertise with Adobe Creative Suite, UX/UI design, photography, videography, print and web design, and animation make him a tremendous asset to the Southwest Strategies team.


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