Susana (Susy) Villegas

Board Chair
  • SVPR Communications – President

  • Universidad del Valle de Mexico – B.A.

Susana Villegas is President of SVPR Communications, an award-winning public relations firm specializing in strategic English- and Spanish-language communications and media services, crisis management, and community stakeholder engagement.  

Her firm helps clients in the areas of education, water, tourism, energy, economic development, cross-border commerce, news media, government, and affordable housing to create and deliver effective communications for regional and bi-national communities and media markets. 

Ms. Villegas has extensive experience in San Diego city government and political campaigns. She is a former Policy Advisor to the San Diego City Council and has coordinated over a dozen local campaigns for mayor, city council, school district boards, the California State Assembly, and ballot propositions. Ms. Villegas also has experience in the non-profit sector and in the private sector, having worked on infrastructure project management and customer relations in Mexico City and the Tijuana/San Diego region for a leading global firm in tactical communications, avionics, electronic warfare, space, and intelligence systems. 

Ms. Villegas received the 2019 Public Communications Achievement Award from the American Water Works Association and the 2019 California Association of Public Information Officers EPIC Award for excellence in public information and communications.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Ms. Villegas has a degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad del Valle.