Getting the right message
to the right people.

Jeanne Reinhardt

Jeanne Reinhardt, Principal

A strategist known for her attention to detail and hands-on style, Jeanne approaches every job-large or small-with energy and insight. Her ability to crystallize the key issues of a project, develop reasonable and feasible solutions, and persist until reaching a satisfactory solution, was honed through 26 years of experience in local government and Orange County politics.

Jeanne began as a Field Representative to Assemblyman Bruce Nestande, becoming his Executive Assistant when he became an Orange County Supervisor. As Chief of Staff to Orange County Supervisor Gaddi Vasquez for many years, Jeanne was a key spokesperson and negotiator with county and city officials, as well as business and community leaders. Additional positions with the County of Orange included directing the legislative agenda for the OC Waste and Recycling Department and Chief Deputy for the Orange County Clerk-Recorder. In 1996, Jeanne became a Principal in Smith Public Affairs where she continues to work closely with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, city councils and business leaders.

Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton. She is also Co-chair of the Orange County Public Affairs Association and sits on the Orange County Forum Board of Directors.

Jeanne resides in Yorba Linda...and sometimes Indian Wells.

Mobile 714-624-5840 or email

Craig Reinhardt

Craig Reinhardt, Principal

Having a long tenure in public relations, corporate sales, marketing and media, Craig brings extensive private sector experience to Smith Public Affairs. He knows the Orange County and City issues, and brings strategizing talents to the team.

In his dual capacity as Principal and Senior Consultant, his understanding of business management and marketing is one of the reasons he is so successful assisting our clients with new business leads and political strategic planning. Knowing each of the client's capabilities and expertise, Craig is continually on the lookout for opportunities to expand their business and create mutually beneficial partnerships for clients with government agencies in and around Orange County.

Working around the Orange County Public Sector, developing and maintaining relationships with local elected officials, agency staff and decision makers, he is learning what is important to them and their projects. He pays attention to what is happening in the County, its 34 cities, various special districts, government and board agencies. He also attends meetings, and tracks agendas and public notices so that our clients do not have to. As a result, SPA has ready insight into upcoming major projects, critical contacts at these agencies, and salient topics to be addressed with any proposal.

Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Communications from California State University at Fullerton, along with minors in Political Science and Speech. While attending CSUF, he accomplished an in-depth internship with the Richard Nixon Congressional Library doing Public Relations, Community Relations, Fundraising, Project Management and Advance Work for Congressional Library Dignitaries and Visiting Speakers.

Craig is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, CSUF Alumni Association, Orange County Public Affairs Association, the Association of California Cities-Orange County, and many other Orange County political and community organizations around Southern California.

Craig and his family live in Fullerton's Raymond Hills.

Mobile 714-928-4224 or email

Candice Reinhardt

Candice M. Stephens, Client Project Manager

Candice brings to the firm extensive experience as a government relations professional. Her portfolio includes work in strategic roles with top executives for businesses in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Possessing both corporate and public affairs backgrounds allows Candice to understand what is necessary for public and private sectors to work together.

As an analyst Candice stays on top of public policy and political landscapes, spotting trends and formulating strategies for conflict resolution. She can identify opportunities for stakeholders and the government to engage, and can liaison between parties to facilitate teamwork. She is a persuasive advocate and relationship builder with a focus on making sure mutual goals are met.

Candice holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University, she is professionally certified in Public Relations and holds a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She sits on the board of directors for a local 501c3 and works with other nonprofits and community organizations.

Mobile 323-599-3720 or email

Suzanne M. McClanahan

Suzanne M. McClanahan, Associate

Suzanne has over 27 years experience in Orange County and City government starting a career as an administrative analyst in the Planning Department and Assistant to the City Manager of Fountain Valley. She went on to become Chief of Staff to Supervisor Roger R. Stanton, held Senior Management positions in the General Services Agency and Personnel Departments where she developed, implemented and managed various County programs. She also served on the Executive Management team of OC Waste & Recycling, directing department strategic planning, negotiation, and public information.

Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas, Austin; her teaching credential at University of California, Irvine; and her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Southern California.

Lynne Fishel

Lynne Fishel, Affiliate

With over 25 years of experience in the disciplines of advocacy, public and media relations, government affairs, land use, and community relations, Lynne Fishel is a proven leader with a track record of "getting the job done." She has the keen ability to understand complex public policy issues and translate technical messages to those that are concise and understandable to the general public.

Lynne's career began with 15 years of public service with the County of Orange, where she served as a community relations representative for a member of the Board of Supervisors, and in management positions in the Environmental Management Agency and County Administrative Office. After the County of Orange filed bankruptcy in 1994, Lynne served as the county's spokesperson to local, national and international media sources. Additionally, she has held positions in the private sector with Southern California Edison as a Sr. Public Affairs Manager, Governmental Affairs Director and CEO for the Orange County Building Industry Association, and Development Director for a national charter school company. Most recently, Lynne has relocated to the Coachella Valley where she has started Catalyst Public Affairs, offering Smith Public Affairs' clients additional business opportunities and expertise in the Inland Empire.

Lynne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.