Rachel Audino

Director of Public Affairs

Rachel Audino is a Director of Public Affairs at Southwest Strategies, specializing in preparing, managing and implementing public outreach related to large infrastructure projects. She brings a variety of expertise to the agency, notably in government relations, legislative affairs, community outreach, transportation planning, health care, energy and land use.

Prior to joining Southwest Strategies, Audino held positions in legislative affairs, economic development, planning and government relations for several organizations in the Central Valley. She previously served as the Government Affairs Manager for the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State. In this capacity, she managed legislative affairs, the university’s Community and Regional Planning Center and the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Planners’ Toolkit, an online repository of smart growth case studies and templates for practitioners. Having worked at multiple councils of government in the San Joaquin Valley, Audino also has experience in air quality, sustainable planning, bicycle planning, GIS, community outreach, public meeting facilitation and land use data management.

She graduated cum laude from UCSD with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French literature and a minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. She went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from Fresno State.

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