Rachel Audino

Senior Director of Public Affairs

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

~Haruki Murakami

Southwest Strategies

Rachel Audino is a Senior Director of Public Affairs at Southwest Strategies supporting public agencies on energy, air quality and other projects in Central and Northern California. Her varied background in government relations, health care and the more technical aspects of regional planning make her a vital asset to the team. At Southwest Strategies, Audino leverages her expertise to develop forward-thinking solutions for the challenges public entities face today.

Prior to joining Southwest Strategies, Audino held positions at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute, Fresno State and most recently served as Community Medical Centers’ Manager of Public Affairs. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Fresno State and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Literature with a minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies from UCSD.



  • Community outreach
  • Government relations
  • Grassroots outreach
  • Public policy analysis
  • Legislative affairs



  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • Land use planning, demographic forecasting and GIS



  • Volunteer with FIRM’s Syrian Literacy Program
  • Volunteer baker with Cake4Kids, a nonprofit that bakes and delivers custom birthday cakes to underprivileged kids
  • Volunteer with Fresno Bully Rescue
  • Member of PRSA’s Central California Chapter
  • Member of Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals
  • Yoga and meditation devotée
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