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.
Ashley Swearengin California Controller 2014
Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Mayor 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.
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.