Elaine Howle, former California State Auditor, Joins Balance Public Relations as Principal Chief Strategist

Howle Joins Firm Founded by Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Past Senator Dean Florez, CEO of Balance Public Relations, is proud to announce the addition of Elaine M. Howle, the former California State Auditor, who will begin with the firm on November 1, 2022 as Principal Chief Strategist.

Howle, who retired at the end of 2021, began her career at the Auditor’s Office in 1983 as a performance/policy evaluator. She later worked her way up to lead the Office for over 20 years. Under her leadership, the California State Auditor’s Office grew from a steadfast financial and compliance watchdog into a robust government accountability and policy powerhouse that has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Along the way, she tackled the state’s most intractable problems, and uncovered fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse of power, while providing numerous unbiased and nonpartisan analyses, and thousands of recommendations to improve efficiency and increase compliance.

A certified public accountant and certified government financial manager, Howle most recently served as president of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers. Recognized as a leader and for her outstanding accomplishments both locally and nationally, Howle received numerous leadership and impact awards during her tenure as State Auditor.

Having been appointed by three governors from both political parties, Howle served five terms as Auditor, holding the distinction of making her the longest serving State Auditor in California’s history. During her tenure as State Auditor, Howle earned widespread, bipartisan respect from legislators and is known for her integrity and attention to detail.

“Elaine Howle brings an unmatched encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of state policies. She is a national award winner, Public Official of the Year, and role model for government officials around the country – and she is a great friend,” stated former Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, who established Balance Public Relations in 2015.

“I am thrilled to join Balance Public Relations to help clients navigate challenging budget and policy issues. After nearly four decades of government service, I bring a unique perspective, having been in the thick of deep-dive audits and analyses of state, local, and other public entities,” Howle said. “While my role is different now, I look forward to helping clients comply with their statutory and professional responsibilities and ultimately help them increase their efficiency and effectiveness.”

“I cannot wait for our clients to get to know Elaine Howle. As the former Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, I saw firsthand the dedicated and professional way she approached her work. I am honored to work with her again, and I look forward to helping folks find solutions to the many policy problems that Balance Public Relations addresses every day,” said Florez. “Our clients are in for a real treat.”

Balance Public Relations is a full service strategic consulting firm that supports private and public clients where innovation and regulation intersect. Balance Public Relations takes a holistic view of the legislative, regulatory, and political process to give its clients a competitive edge in achieving their business goals. For more information, visit https://balancebpr.com/.