Erik Jensen is the principal and founder of Jensen Strategies, LLC. He established the firm in 2012 after serving over 20 years as a public administrator, project manager, and public affairs consultant in Oregon and Washington. Erik has led numerous processes helping Northwest organizations navigate future planning and make key policy and operational decisions.
Since founding the firm, Erik has assisted local governments and public policy organizations to set strategic courses of action for current and future decision-making. As a seasoned facilitator, strategic planner, and organizational and public policy development expert, he has led significant decision-making initiatives for numerous entities including cities, counties, and professional organizations such as the League of Oregon Cities and the National Policy Consensus Center. These projects have included city council retreats, strategic planning processes, community vision action planning, organizational assessments, committee facilitation, and public policy feasibility studies.
As an experienced facilitator and trained mediator, Erik has helped clients build partnerships and reach consensus among diverse interests. Erik believes the best policy and organizational development initiatives are objective, inclusive, well informed, and lead to tangible outcomes. He emphasizes the importance of balancing community and organizational interests, involving key stakeholders, and ensuring the process is well informed to build sustainable results.
Before forming Jensen Strategies, Erik was the Administration Department Director for the City of Hillsboro overseeing several organization-wide functions including city-wide projects (e.g., visioning, strategic planning, sustainability), legislative relations, community and media relations, and franchise management. Earlier, as a project manager for the same department, he led external and internal policy initiatives such as development and implementation of the international award-winning Hillsboro 2020 Vision. He led the process to develop the City’s first operational strategic plan. Prior to the City of Hillsboro, Erik was a public affairs consultant with another firm where he facilitated public engagement processes for large, high-profile projects such as Portland Future Focus (a predecessor of the Portland Plan), Portland CSO Program, and Oregon Arena Project. He has also held staff positions at the Oregon Legislature and political campaigns.
Erik has a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College.
Erik spent the majority of his childhood living overseas in Denmark and Iran where he developed a first-hand appreciation for different cultures and international cuisine. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. He has also been known to pick up a dusty saxophone to play a little jazz once in a while.