Rachel Laing

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Rachel Laing has a 20-year career in business journalism and San Diego politics. Prior to forming her own firm, Laing was the director of communications for public affairs firm Public Policy Strategies, Inc.


As deputy press secretary to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders from 2008-2012, Laing developed and executed communications strategies to advance the Mayor's agenda, including major projects such as the new Central Library; energy policy and clean technology; development, real estate, and land use; government efficiency; and economic development initiatives. 


Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Laing was a public relations manager with Sempra Energy/SDG&E and the communications manager for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Laing’s career in strategic communications was preceded by nearly a decade in business and political journalism. Laing was editor-in-chief of The T Sector Magazine and the managing editor of the Daily Transcript. For several years, she was a business reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and she was a regular contributor to Voice of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, and numerous national political and business publications.

Laing is a Chair of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation and is Vice President of the YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County, an official affinity club of the San Diego County Democratic Party that advocates for housing and smart growth.