Telling the County Stories
When people ask me about my job, I know that the standard answer of “Communications Manager” doesn’t really mean a lot to most people. The field of communications is so broad that a single title can apply to someone with great meeting planning and product marketing experience, social media expertise, digital production, public affairs, media relations, promotions, philanthropy and more.
However, I think “storyteller” is a much better way to describe what I do for California’s counties. I have the incredible honor of collecting information about all the great, hard work going on around the state and sharing that with various audiences. Sometimes I’m telling stories for the Legislature, sometimes it’s for our own members, and other times it’s for the public. But all the time, I carry with me the importance and gravity of the hard work that goes on in our 58 counties to provide essential state and municipal services for our neighbors and community members.
Next week, I celebrate my first full year of serving California’s Counties. In that time, I’ve had the chance to visit 17 counties and tell your stories of innovation, resilience, collaboration and more. I just wrapped up a coastal trip, visiting my fellow storytellers and public information officers (PIOs) in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange Counties.