Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has drawn praise from state and national leaders for her work shoring up Fresno’s finances and bring long-term economic growth to the region.
Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Republican Mayor Ashley Swearengin brought together businesses, community groups, and government decision-makers to help the City balance the budget, grow the economy, and create jobs.
Mayor Swearengin reformed Fresno’s budget and financing systems, overcoming a cumulative $120 million budget deficit while streamlining services, reducing overhead, and partnering with community organizations and volunteers.
That’s one reason why Capitol Weekly named her one of “California’s Ten Best Mayors” and the Marjaree Mason Center honored her as one of Fresno’s Top Business and Professional Women of the Year.
Mayor Swearengin is a national board member for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Her advocacy for increased vocational training and adult education reflects her focus on growing the economy ‘from the inside’ by upgrading workforce skill levels.
Mayor Swearengin earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Administration, both from California State University, Fresno – graduating with honors. In 1998, she served as the first director of the Central Valley Business Incubator, a non-profit program that provided consulting and support for start-up and early-stage businesses.
In 2000, she joined CSU Fresno as the Director of Community and Economic Development. In 2002, Mayor Swearengin co-founded the Regional Jobs Initiative (RJI), a comprehensive, industry-focused effort aimed at attacking chronic Fresno County unemployment.
In 2005, Ashley Swearengin assumed the role of Lead Executive (and later Chairman of the Board) for the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, a high-level working group established by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to address critical resource needs for the Central Valley.
Ashley and Paul Swearengin live in Fresno where they are raising their two children.