City of Reno names new Director of Communications
Post Date:10/09/2017 3:30 PM
The City of Reno has announced the hire of Rebecca Venis as the new Director of the Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE). Venis will begin her employment with the City on Monday, October 23, 2017.Return to full list >>
A 27-year Reno resident, Venis brings leadership and strategic experience in public affairs, marketing, special events and business development from local organizations including the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), University of Nevada Athletics, The Bauserman Group and Reno Gazette-Journal.
Most recently Venis was the Manager of Air Service Development and Marketing for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, where she developed integrated community outreach strategies, partnered with airlines to implement multi-media marketing campaigns and worked with community partners on developing strategic programs to grow air service access for the Reno-Tahoe region.
“Communications and community engagement are cornerstones in our mission to be an open and transparent government,” City Manager Sabra Newby said. “We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca to lead that effort. Her vast public relations and marketing skills will complement her knowledge of and passion for the region.”
“I’m excited to join the team at the City of Reno,” said Venis. “As our region grows and continues to diversify, open communications with our citizens, regional partners and employees is critical in administering the city’s mission. I am passionate about Reno and the northern Nevada region and consider it an honor to serve and engage with our citizens in a culture of accessibility and openness.”
Venis will lead the OCCE team, which oversees community engagement, the Reno Direct service center, social media, web development, public relations, media relations, advertising and marketing. OCCE is responsible for informing and engaging the public, City employees and media; ensuring responsiveness; enhancing City services through public input; and building trust through increased transparency.