Eric brings a wide range of political campaign experience to the company, having worked at all levels of the political world, from presidential races, to statewide campaigns, to school board races. He also serves as a Board Member with the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV).
Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2012, Eric has helped create and implement innovative, winning strategies for candidates, state Democratic parties, labor, and non-profit organizations.
Since its founding in 2007, Eric and his company, HSG Campaigns, have had a transformative impact on the political landscape. Based in downtown Los Angeles, the company's specialty is taking first-time and underdog candidates to victory, including Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac; Cook County’s first female and Hispanic State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez; and Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino; all of whom upset their opponents in crowded primaries.
Eric also specializes in helping labor, environmental, and other progressive organizations elect strong candidates to office, producing mail for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, and countless other progressive groups. In 2011, HSG Campaigns played a key role in the Wisconsin recall elections, producing mail that aided in the upset victories of three Democratic candidates.
In 2006, Eric steered first-time candidate Dr. Steve Kagen to an upset victory in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District. Eric helped Dr. Kagen defeat two better-known candidates in the primary and then counter a multi-million dollar campaign run by the national Republican Party to prevail in the 2006 November election.
From 2001 to 2004, Hogensen helped Democrats pull through the painful trials of the Bush years. From Massachusetts and South Carolina to Kentucky and Nevada, Eric built Democratic field operations and infrastructure to turn red states blue, county by county.
With a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eric has the skills and experience to elect progressive candidates to every level of office.
Dave has been with HSG Campaigns since 2008. As Managing Director, he develops winning strategies for campaigns and oversees the creative and production processes for direct mail and other communications. Working with clients, he produces campaign plans and budgets, onboards and trains campaign staff, and reviews polling and research to target voters and craft high-impact brands for each campaign.
Dave has a wide range of experience in political campaigns, including management, field organizing, fundraising, compliance, communications, media production and placement, message development, targeting, and research and analysis. He has also provided pro bono campaign training for progressive organizations.
In 2010, Dave served as Campaign Manager for Chris Moews’s campaign for Milwaukee County Sheriff. In just three months, he helped bring the progressive candidate within three points of defeating a two-term incumbent. Later that year, Dave served as an organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Dave first started in politics as an intern for Dr. Steve Kagen’s successful Congressional campaign in northeast Wisconsin in 2006. Before joining HSG Campaigns, he worked on and volunteered for numerous campaigns and served as an intern on Capitol Hill.
Raised in the Milwaukee area, Dave earned his degree in Government and Economics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was President of the College Democrats. Dave now lives in Sacramento.
Campaign Projects Associate
Sandra supports HSG Campaigns with her breadth of experience in field organizing and campaign operations. She has assisted and organized with campaigns across Southern California.
In 2014, Sandra worked beside consultant Crystal Litz for Simona Farrise’s campaign for California Assembly, updating the candidate’s calendar, email list, website, and social media. She also worked as a campaign coordinator for former Long Beach mayoral candidate Doug Otto organizing the campaign calendar, house parties, volunteers, and field efforts.
Sandra’s political engagement began in 2012 with Grassroots Campaigns where she worked in voter registration and GOTV efforts for the presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sandra attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and majored in History with a concentration in Latin America History.