As a director at Randle Communications, Mike Gazda serves in a leadership role for the company’s utility clients. He leads a team of talented professionals that provides everyday internal and external communications services for two regulated water providers and a regulated electric utility. He has supported clients through several challenging crisis communications campaigns focused on everything from large-scale water quality events and infrastructure failures to drought-related supply issues.
Gazda joined the Randle Communications team in 2013, after a lengthy tenure as a communications executive in professional baseball. His overall experience includes nearly 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 Elk Grove with his wife and two sons.