New Policy Manager joins the DSP team

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) has hired Emilie Cameron as its Policy Manager. Cameron will lead advocacy, public policy, and government relations for the organization.

Z8tOMIrbCameron comes to DSP from 3 Fold Communications where she served as Senior PR Manager and managed integrated public relations campaigns, including media and community relations, outreach and research development to leverage a positive profile and reputation for clients. Prior to that, Cameron was a Senior Account Executive at Lucas Public Affairs. In this position, she implemented components of overall public affairs strategies to boost business community support for several key public policy issues for several multi-state clients.

Cameron applies her deep knowledge of industry and business trends to get big ideas in front of the right audiences. Cameron is a passionate advocate for programs and activities designed to grow the Capital Region – earning her recognition by the Sacramento Metro Chamber as the 2014 “Volunteer of the Year.”

Get to know more about Emilie with the Q & A below:

What made you want to work for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership? 

The Sacramento region – in particular downtown Sacramento – is at a critical tipping point. Its future success hinges on how it is shaped and developed today and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership has an important role in it. I look forward to building on the strong work already underway to foster economic development and ensure downtown’s vibrant, flourishing future for many years to come.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Policy Manager?

I am thrilled to join the frontlines of downtown’s resurgence. There’s so much potential and talent here locally, I don’t want to see Sacramento lose it because we don’t have the downtown amenities – in particular housing – they want and need. As a Midtown resident for more than a decade, I’ve seen first hand how my neighborhood has transformed into a thriving, desirable place to live. The downtown core is the “next” big neighborhood to watch. There’s already a demand for the urban lifestyle that is inherent to downtown; we need to make sure policies and regulations are supporting, not hindering, downtown’s development to ensure we can meet this demand.

How has your past experience prepared you for your new role?

I’ve always been passionate about Sacramento! Working in public affairs and public relations during the last decade, I have developed a deep appreciation for the roles of business, nonprofit and government sectors to reach a common goal. Last year as chair of Metro EDGE, the young professional program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, I advocated on behalf of our 500+ members for key issues and priorities that would grow, retain and attract talent in our region. A vibrant downtown core is a critical component of this, so I guess you could say I’ve already been at work for a while!

What is something that not many people know about you? 

Prior to entering the communications field, I was an assistant store manager for Safeway for several years working in stores across the greater Sacramento area. When I left at age 26, I was managing a store with nearly 200 employees and over $100,000 a day in business. This gave me a unique perspective of business, while part of a much larger organization I had to balance payroll, sales forecasting, human resources, compliance issues and customer service. Running a business is no easy feat!