For the SCBJ
Strategies 360 announced the hiring of former Marysville city administrator Mary Swenson as senior adviser.
Focused on growing the firm’s municipal government relations practice, Swenson brings a lifetime of government and business acumen to S360 clients. Strategies 360 officials said Swenson knows how to develop the right strategies to help create economic growth and jobs in communities around the Pacific Northwest.
“We’re thrilled to bring Mary on board,” said Ron Dotzauer, S360 co-founder and CEO. “Mary’s expertise and strategic counsel will be invaluable to our clients. Her regional connections are incredible, but her knowledge of how to get things done is even better.”
As city administrator, Swenson oversaw a period of rapid growth and economic development in Marysville, resulting in increased revenues and amenities for the city. Under her leadership, Marysville became one of the fastest growing cities in the state, expanding from 4,700 to its current population of 58,000. Swenson also worked closely with the Tulalip Tribes and other government, business and community organizations, ensuring that the city seamlessly provided all city services. She retired in March 2010, after a 32-year career with the city.
“As Strategies 360 continues growing throughout the western states, we look forward to working with more municipal clients who can benefit from our unique combination of services,” said Eric Sorenson, S360 co-founder and president.
Swenson also guided the development of master plans for three distinct areas within Marysville, laying the foundation for industrial development, additional retail development and revitalization of the downtown business district. Following implementation of the city’s economic development strategy, three major retail centers opened and boosted city retail sales and use taxes by more than 52 percent in two years.
Swenson also oversaw several economic development committees in Marysville that streamlined the permitting process and assured predictability within the development community. The city’s Community Development Department gained a reputation for being one of the most efficient permitting jurisdictions within the state.
Swenson is past president of the Washington Cities Insurance Authority. She also served on the boards of the Washington City-County Management Association and the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Marysville Noon Rotary Club, International City-County Management Association and Washington City/County Management Association.
A native of Woburn, Massachusetts, Swenson is a graduate of Griffin Business College.