Southwest Strategies Announces New Staff, Promotions

Southwest Strategies, one of California’s leading public affairs and public outreach firms with offices in San Diego, Sacramento and Fresno, is pleased to announce that it has added a new Account Executive, Spencer Andrews, to its growing team and promoted several team members to better serve clients’ needs.

Andrews brings his expertise in media relations and public outreach to his new role. Prior to joining Southwest Strategies, Andrews worked at a leading public relations firm in New York City, where he garnered media attention for a variety of corporate and nonprofit clients.

Andrews graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds certificates of professional achievement from Columbia University in International Affairs and United Nations Studies.

Additionally, Southwest Strategies is pleased to announce a series of promotions made at the conclusion of their annual review process this year. Recent promotions include Diana Puetz to Director of Public Affairs; Pedro Anaya to Senior Manager of Bi-National Affairs and Community Relations; Rachel Audino to Senior Manager of Public Affairs; Jake Sneeden, Kelli Nenaber and Ashley Johnson to Manager of Public Affairs; and Natalie Buchbinder and Lidiya Kravchuk to Senior Account Executives. Sam Rivera also has been promoted to Senior Graphic Designer and will be managing the graphics department moving forward.

“We are excited that we are continuing to grow and promote our team at Southwest Strategies. Our diverse and experienced team is an integral part of our success in serving our clients throughout California, and we look forward to the continued growth of our company,” said Southwest Strategies President Chris Wahl.

About Southwest Strategies

Southwest Strategies is a full-service public affairs, public outreach and strategic communications firm with offices in San Diego, the Central Valley and Sacramento. At nearly 50 employees, SWS is one of the top communications firms in the State of California, specializing in coalition building, crisis management, entitlements, government relations, graphic design, media relations, multicultural outreach, public outreach and social media/digital advocacy. The firm provides comprehensive communications strategy and outreach support to public and private companies across a broad range of industries, including energy, transportation, water, retail, housing, professional sports, maritime and real estate development. For more information, visit


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