"As a working mom, I'm going back into business for myself to inject a little more flexibility into my life," Swanson said Wednesday.
Swanson, the mother of an 8-month-old son, plans to reopen Swanson Communications. She operated the consulting and public relations company for three years before joining Pérez's staff in May 2011. Her last day at the Capitol will be March 1, she said.
In years past, Swanson and her firm worked for groups and causes that included Proposition 2, a successful 2008 ballot initiative to ban the caging of egg-laying hens; Chris Kelly's unsuccessful 2010 bid for attorney general; and for matters involving The Education Coalition, a partnership of teachers, administrators, parents and other school advocates.
Swanson Communications will be based in Sacramento. Among other clients, Swanson said, she expects to do campaign-related consulting or communications work for Pérez and the state Democratic Party regarding political candidates and initiatives.
Pérez has not named a successor to Swanson, but two senior communications officials remain on the speaker's staff - John Vigna, press secretary, and Dave Sebeck, senior adviser.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Robin Swanson