Mandy McClendon
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
City of Austin, Senior Public Information Specialist

Concisely communicating complex policy-related issues is at the heart of the communications efforts Mandy McClendon has led. Her background in both public relations and policy fostered a sincere passion for public engagement surrounding issues that matter. Creating community engagement plans for transportation projects, writing about college savings accounts for Texas students, and studying the ways in which Austin anchor institutions can collaborate to solve community concerns are only a few projects Mandy has recently tackled.

Mandy is currently employed as a Senior Public Information Officer with the City of Austin, where she serves as a spokesperson for the 2016 Mobility Bond. She also manages all communications and community engagement strategy for development of five Corridor Mobility Plans and assists in leading engagement efforts for the full half-billion dollar program.

Previously, Mandy served as a PR and governmental affairs consultant for clients such as Google's Self-Driving Car Project; created social media and communications plans for the Center for Public Policy Priorities; helped shape social media and traditional media outreach for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and assisted with press strategy for Senator Mark Pryor. She also has a background in volunteering for political campaigns across the country, including serving as a poll station manager in eastern Ohio for Obama 2012’s Get Out the Vote efforts and as a Block Walk Captain for Beto O’Rourke.

Overall, whether earning front-page coverage in Texas’ largest newspapers or gaining thousands of new followers on social media, Mandy’s aim is the same: to make public policy accessible, relatable, and exciting for everyone.