As Senior Associate of Development and Government Affairs for Related California, Mr. Hanson is responsible for supporting all project management efforts to originate, finance, entitle, and the preconstruction and construction of more than 1,100 affordable housing units throughout Northern California, and oversees the government affairs, public relations and communications strategy for the Northern California affordable portfolio.
Since joining Related in 2019, Mr. Hanson has been involved with the financing and predevelopment of 192 affordable senior units in Santa Rosa, and 90 affordable family units in downtown Sunnyvale. He is currently associated with the financing and construction of 248 affordable family units in South Lake Tahoe, and the financing and entitlement of up to 600 affordable units in Oakland.
Prior to joining Related, Mr. Hanson was Senior Associate at Urban Land Institute San Francisco. For more than 4 years, he worked in city government and politics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Chief of Staff for a Pittsburgh City Councilmember and Chair of the City’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee, where he managed all legislation related to land use and economic development. Mr. Hanson also served as Communications Manager for the Chair of the Pittsburgh City Council’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
Mr. Hanson holds a Master in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Politics-Philosophy and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves as Co-Chair of the ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group.