Sacramento Delegation Attendee 2020Chanelle Hawken is Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Cox Communications California. She provides leadership and strategic direction to the local, state and federal government affairs, community affairs, media and public relations and internal communications departments for Cox’s California markets, which include San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara. She previously served as the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for CA. Chanelle also oversees Cox Charities, an employee-driven foundation funded by employee donations matched by Cox to provide scholarships to local students and grants to nonprofits supporting youth, education, the military and conservation. Prior to joining Cox, she was Vice President of Public Policy for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, overseeing all policy efforts on the local, state and federal level. She also worked in government and media relations with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. Chanelle also served on the staff of Congressmember Scott Peters, the first president of the San Diego City Council. She serves on several boards in California, including the Secretary and Events and Membership Committee Chair of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, LEAD San Diego, as well as an advisor to the Public Leadership Institute. She was appointed to the Mayor of San Diego’s Pure Water Working Group, is a member of the Mayor of Irvine’s Business Roundtable and is on the Executive Board of the CA Cable and Telecommunications Association. She has a passion for mentoring young female professionals. She has been recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by the San Diego Metro Magazine and was a Women who Mean Business Winner from the San Diego Business Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from UC San Diego and her law degree from the University of San Diego and is a member of the CA State Bar. Chanelle lives in Encinitas with her husband, Peter, and their two daughters, Charlotte and Adelaide.