City Manager’s Office

City Communications Office

City Communications Office

The City Communications Office works directly with the Office of the Mayor and Office of the City Manager to enhance public awareness of city-sponsored initiatives, communicate city policy, and increase civic participation.

Sontaya Schmidt

Sontaya Rose
Director of Communications

Sontaya Rose is responsible for all City communications, including responding to media inquiries, conveying through social media and other media City of Fresno decisions and opinions, and leading the effort to communicate Mayor Dyer’s One Fresno vision to the public.

Sontaya is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 24 years of experience covering major news-making stories in the Fresno region, California, and across the nation.  She became a household name in the Valley and developed a reputation as a thorough, fair, honest, and compassionate journalist, whether she was reporting breaking news or covering a feature story.

A lifelong Fresno County resident, Sontaya over the years built many relationships with government officials, residents, and news agencies. She brings those relationships and experiences with her into the Mayor’s Office.

Sontaya is married and has three children.  She enjoys gardening, travel, and wine tasting.  When not at work, Sontaya can often be found seeking out the best red wines on the Central Coast.

Brandon Johansen
Assistant Communications Director

Brandon Johansen creates videos and content that highlight the work being done to improve the City of Fresno for residents and visitors alike. He’s passionate about improving the City in every way possible and making it the best it can be.

Born and raised in Fresno County, Brandon worked in television news prior to working for the City. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Brandon spent six years working as a television journalist in Bakersfield and Fresno and co-created two documentaries during his tenure.

Brandon is married and enjoys golfing, cooking, doing DIY projects around the house and in the yard, and watching sports (especially the Dodgers).

Fabiola Ramirez

Fabiola Ramirez
Assistant Communications Director

Fabiola Ramirez oversees creating, posting, and managing the City of Fresno’s social media platforms.  She is a tireless advocate and cheerleader for the City, and her videography skills have increased its social media reach, bringing new supporters and voices who, along with longtime proponents, are helping spread Mayor Dyer’s One Fresno vision to not just current residents, but individuals and businesses contemplating a move to the City.

Prior to working for the City, Fabiola was a Fresno television reporter.  A 2016 California State University, Fresno, graduate, she worked in news for five years before making the career switch.

Born and raised in Mexico, Fabiola did not have the advantages of many native-born residents.  She now speaks at schools throughout the Valley about higher education’s benefits.  Her goal is to encourage and motivate Central Valley students of all ages to pursue higher education.

Fabiola is on the Girl Scouts of Central California South board of directors and is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California mentor.

In her spare time, Fabiola enjoys doing DIY projects and blogging about fashion and lifestyle.  She is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys working out and hiking.

Public, Education, and Government Access Television for Fresno

Community Media Access Collaborative or CMAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the voices of our community through the use of media. Born out of a unique partnership between the City of Fresno and the City of Clovis, CMAC provides video production training, equipment, facilities, and airtime to our public, education, and government sectors.

“CMAC is all about this region putting our best foot forward. This is an opportunity for local people to come in and tell their story. It’s about engaging people to get involved in what’s happening in their community,” says Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

CMAC broadcasts 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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