Robin Swanson

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Robin Swanson is a strategist and communications expert with more than 20 years of political experience under her belt, working inside the Capitol buildings in both Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California. 

Swanson has spent the past 15 years running political, issue-based and public affairs campaigns across California, and is dedicated to making sure her clients get the winning results they deserve.  She works with political candidates, ballot measure campaigns, non-profit organizations, public agencies and corporate clients.

Swanson specializes in strategic communications and media relations, regularly providing on-air commentary for both local and national news programs. She is currently a regular political analyst on CNN and CNN International, as well as Sacramento’s NBC station, KCRA-3.  Swanson is frequently quoted in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of others.  She works with issue-specific and political reporters on a daily basis advocating on behalf of her clients.

One of only ten Democrats nationally to be named a “Rising Star of Politics” in 2007 by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Swanson has worked on a diverse array of ballot initiative and issue campaigns, legislative and statewide races, and has served as the Communications Director for the Speaker of the California State Assembly.

Swanson is known for putting together unlikely victories for her clients by creating and managing comprehensive communications strategies.  She is known for being detail-oriented and an early riser who works to get ahead of the day’s news.

Swanson received a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University.


Nicolette Velazquez

Nicolette Velazquez is an associate at Swanson Communications, working on digital media, public affairs and communications.

Prior to joining the team, Nicolette interned for U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris in Sacramento, working directly with staff in constituent communications, community outreach and public policy research. She worked as a Development Coordinator for a local Sacramento non-profit, and interned with Make-A-Wish in the Marketing and Communications Department .

Nicolette received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from California State University, Sacramento. 

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Dawn Nelson

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Dawn Nelson manages event planning, human resources and billing for Swanson Communications.

Dawn previously worked as a Human Resources Manager for the Northern California region of Macy’s Federated Department Stores for over a decade. She has also worked for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC and for several Sacramento-area radio stations.

Dawn received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from California State University, Sacramento. Dawn has 3 teenage boys and is married to a firefighter.


Iris Diaz

Iris Diaz is an intern at Swanson Communications, working on public affairs and social media.

Prior to joining the team, Iris interned for the San Diego Democratic Party, working on internal communications and organization. She is a seasonal volunteer in her hometown San Diego at local shelter, Interfaith. She speaks Spanish and Italian.

Iris is a Senior at the University of California at Davis majoring in International Relations and minoring in Italian. She currently serves as Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms for the university’s Latinx Pre-Law Club.