Public Affairs Strategist
Michael Sicilia, Public Affairs Strategist, CalSTRS, possesses more than 20 years of expertise in communications – from covering some of the nation’s largest news stories as an award-winning journalist to serving at the highest levels of California state government, most notably as Deputy Director for Communications under Governor Gray Davis.
Most recently, Mr. Sicilia has spearheaded numerous successful public information campaigns and managed crisis communications campaigns involving high-profile public health issues as Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs at the California Department of Public Health. Previously, Mr. Sicilia was Public Affairs Manager with the California Emergency Management Agency.
A former broadcast journalist, Mr. Sicilia was state capitol reporter for KQED-FM and The California Report, heard on public radio stations statewide. Mr. Sicilia also covered Sacramento and the state capitol for KCBS-AM, San Francisco and KFBK-AM, Sacramento. Mr. Sicilia has won multiple awards for his coverage of election politics, the Los Angeles riots, the Polly Klaas abduction case and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, among others.