Carl Hansen is the Director of Government Affairs for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Carl is responsible for the chamber’s civic engagement and community partnerships. In addition to advocating the interests of the Business Roundtable, he also manages the research, discourse, and outreach of the Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Land Use, Education, and Homelessness Committees.
Carl was born and raised in Encinitas, California. He graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii and received his master’s from Cornell University in City and Regional Planning. In graduate school, Carl worked with Cornell Global Solutions to develop a sustainable housing and employment strategy for a group of people displaced by the Haitian earthquake. The following year Carl studied abroad for a semester in Kathmandu, Nepal, on a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.
After graduating, he worked for the City of Carlsbad in the Department of Community and Economic Development. With Carlsbad, he helped plan a green business incubator, developed strategies for streamlining the business permit process, and assisted in the formation of a regional economic development partnership in San Diego’s North County.