New position to expand communication efforts and community engagement strategies
(Mountain View, Calif.) — City Manager Kimbra McCarthy announced today the appointment of Lenka Wright as the first Chief Communications Officer (CCO) for the City of Mountain View.
As CCO, Wright will manage the City’s community and employee communications, including branding and marketing initiatives, the multilingual community outreach program, and media relations, as well as oversee emergency public information and crisis communications. Wright’s first day on the job is Oct. 5, 2020.
“Lenka is a wonderful match for our City as she has the passion and creative edge to strategically lead communications in a meaningful way for the public,” said McCarthy. “The City Council and I have a shared vision of strengthening our community outreach programs, enhancing opportunities for civic engagement, and amplifying transparency and the City’s brand to benefit all who live, work and play here. Lenka has the breadth of experience, savvy communications know-how and innovative drive to bring that vision to life.”
A former television news anchor and reporter, Wright brings 13 years of experience in local government and strategic communications. She is currently the Director of Communications for the City of Santa Clara, CA. Previously, she served as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Bellevue, WA; Assistant Director of Communications and Communications Manager for the City of San Jose, CA; and Communications and Media Relations Manager for the City of Abilene, TX; as well as an Adjunct Professor for National University in La Jolla, CA.
Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and political science from Indiana University and a master’s degree in communication arts with distinction from New York Institute of Technology. Wright is a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University. She also earned certifications in advanced public information through FEMA, crisis communication and reputation management through the Public Relations Society of America, and public information from CAPIO’s J. Lindsay Wolf PIO Institute.
“I am honored to serve as Mountain View’s first chief communications officer during this critical time,” said Wright. “As people continue to communicate and engage in new ways in this digital world, I look forward to advancing communications while leveraging technology to build stronger connections with our diverse community.”
Wright lives in San Jose with her husband, Dave, an airline pilot and Air Force reservist; their 11-year-old daughter; and two dogs.
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