Fresno Unified School District hires Micheline Golden as new spokeswoman

The Fresno BeeFebruary 26, 2014 

Micheline Golden

Fresno Unified's school board voted in closed session Wednesday to hire longtime Fresno public relations leader Micheline Golden as the district's new chief information officer. Golden will start in mid-March and be paid $119,600.

"I'm just thrilled to be here, it's very exciting," she said.

Golden replaces Jamilah Fraser, who resigned in August after nearly a year and a half on the job. Fraser currently works as a communications contractor for the district and as a public relations administrator at Medgar Evers College in New York.

Golden has more than 20 years of experience and is well-known for her recent work at Children's Hospital Central California and as the public relations officer for Fresno County. She's also served as a spokeswoman for the Clovis Police Department.

The Fresno native took a hiatus from public relations for the last three years to work as the owner of a Clovis-based yarn business called Knit Addiction.

Golden's husband, Ray, and daughter Samantha, a junior at Clovis High, joined her at the school board meeting. Golden has two other daughters, Asheline Beeson, a Fresno State student, and Chelsea Beeson, a student at St. Mary's College.

Golden is a Clovis High School graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in history and rhetoric from the University of California at Davis.

This is the second hiring go-around for the board, which voted in October to appoint a Florida woman to the district's top communications job. The applicant, Natalia Powers, later backed out of the offer.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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