Mike Gazda leads Randle’s utility practice, providing full-service communications support for the firm’s water, wastewater and electric utility partners. Gazda works closely with C-suite executives, helping navigate challenging issues from rate increases and large-scale outages to eminent domain litigation, wildfire mitigation and drought.
In his role as vice president, Gazda oversees a high-performing team of professionals that have put Randle on the map as the premier utility communications partner in California and throughout the Western U.S., helping clients tell their stories and build trust with key audiences. Gazda also supports the firm’s crisis communications practice to ensure clients are protected from threats to their brand reputation.
Gazda joined the Randle Communications team in 2013, after a lengthy tenure as a communications executive in professional baseball. His overall experience includes more than two decades building and executing public/media relations and crisis communications strategies for regional, national and global audiences.
Throughout his nine seasons in Major League Baseball, Gazda worked with several of the world’s most recognized professional athletes—Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Pudge Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera—to successfully navigate a diverse array of challenging issues. He helped open Nationals Park and served as media relations director for the Washington Nationals from 2008-2013. Prior to his stint in Washington, he served three seasons as media relations manager for the Miami Marlins.
Locally recognized for his work in California’s capital city as the head of the Sacramento River Cats’ communications efforts during the team’s first five seasons (2000-2004), Gazda played a key role in establishing the River Cats brand and leveraging the organization as the premier franchise in minor league sports. He led all facets of the River Cats’ baseball, business and community public relations and also handled publicity for the opening of Raley Field.
Gazda, a native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, enjoys coaching baseball and serves on the executive board for Elk Grove Youth Baseball. He lives in Rancho Murieta with his wife and two sons.