Michele joined Hahn Public Communications in December 2017 to manage the firm’s land use practice area. Among the services she provides: strategic planning, public affairs, media relations, crisis communication, message development, special event planning and community relations expertise. Clients include Catellus/Mueller Redevelopment, DPR Construction, PSW Real Estate and RedLeaf Properties/Highland Redevelopment.
Prior to joining Hahn Public, Michele served as the Director – Senior Executive Advisory for the Ascension Texas Ministry Market and Seton Healthcare Family, where she worked directly with former President and CEO of Seton and Senior Vice President for Ascension Texas, Jesús Garza, as well as his Executive Team and the Ascension Texas Ministry Board.
Michele began her nearly 14-year tenure with Seton in 2004 as Communications Director, after serving as one of the longest-tenured Public Information Directors for the City of Austin (10 years). Prior to joining the City, Michele spent 6.5 years at KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, as a weekend talk show host, reporter, editor and writer. An experienced communicator, writer, presenter, fundraiser and media relations executive, Michele is also known for her community outreach efforts and expertise in building relationships.
Michele is married to retired Austin firefighter and musician, Mario Gonzalez. She loves to travel – anywhere and everywhere – and is an avid reader of murder mysteries or action-packed novels.
The social media challenges facing most government agencies are rather unique. Are accounts on all major social networks needed or just on those that matter to that particular agency’s customers? Should their accounts attempt to be entertaining enough to grab people's attention while being informative enough to be of daily use? In 2012, a survey tracked that 94% of public transit agencies used social media but only 28% were guided by some form of social media strategy.
Austin has enjoyed a nearly decade-long run of tremendous economic growth, which has made it a hot real estate market, too. Those positives, however, come with some trade-offs.