The Team

Michelle Smira Brattmiller

Michelle Smira Brattmiller is well known for her innovative strategies and her ability to generate groundswells of political and public support for client objectives.

Under her direction, MMS Strategies has been at the forefront of major initiatives undertaken by the hospitality and health care industries, real estate, solid waste and transportation communities.

As the Principal of MMS Strategies, Michelle has specialized in public relations, coalition building and government affairs. Michelle has served as District Director to United States Congressman Doug Ose and was the spokesperson and public information officer for the City of Elk Grove, the fastest growing City in the nation.

In addition to representing local government agencies such as the City of Sacramento, City of Yuba City, the Capital SouthEast Connector and Sacramento County.

Michelle has more than fifteen years of experience working on large scale development projects and management of Fortune 500 contracts. Clients include the Spanos Companies, Kaiser Permanente, Granite Construction, McDonald’s Corporation, Nestle Waters, Republic Services and the Paradies Shops.

Active in the community, Michelle serves on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Tree Foundation and is active in the Land Park Community Association, North State Building Industry Association and the Urban Land Institute.

Michelle is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Class XIV and a former member of the Sacramento City Planning Commission.

An alumna of Arizona State University, Michelle currently resides in historic Land Park, Sacramento with her husband David and two young children.

Wesley Fagundes

Wesley currently serves as an account manager with MMS Strategies. In this position, she helps support a variety of the firm’s public relations and non-profit clients including the R Street Sacramento Partnership, the Regional Water Authority, Greater Broadway District and Republic Services 

Prior to joining MMS, Wesley was a field organizer for Senator John McCain. During this time Wesley organized events, coordinated grassroots efforts and worked with constituents throughout Arizona.  This unique experience gave Wesley an opportunity to develop expertise in event planning, media relations and community outreach. 

Wesley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Grand Canyon University. She studied abroad during her sophomore year in Rome, Italy, where she took courses in Intercultural Communication.  

In her free time, Wesley enjoys traveling, sipping wine and spending time with her family.  

Joan Borucki

Ms. Borucki has an extensive background in developing solutions to issues involving California political, legislative and executive branch policies and processes.  Joan has a wide-range of experience in recommending and implementing organizational/business process changes in infrastructure including water, energy, transportation,  

housing, asset management, building standards, telecom, planning, finance and research.  Her background is in working with state, federal and local political leaders to implement significant legislative and regulatory changes. 

Ms. Borucki is the former director of the California State Lottery, chairwoman of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, chief deputy director of the California Transportation Commission, and was a team leader for the California Performance Review.  Ms. Borucki served for over 20 years at the California Department of Transportation managing programs including: planning; budgets; new technology and legislative outreach.  She was responsible for executing the first federal revenue anticipation notes (Garvees) for transportation in California.  

Joan has a Master of City and Regional Planning, and a BA in Urban Planning & Political Science from Rutgers University. 

Marilyn Wright

Marilyn Wright has over 24 years experience within California State and local government and has worked in both the legislative and executive branches, as well as for several governmental advocacy firms. This experience has provided Marilyn with a wide breadth of knowledge of the processes and structure of state and local government and the opportunity to make many contacts in both the public and private sectors.

Marilyn’s experience in governmental advocacy has provided her the opportunity to work closely with clients on their policy needs, whether it was exploring possible solutions through coalition building or directly advocating to the Legislature on their behalf.

Most recently, Marilyn was the Executive Officer for the California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA). As Executive Officer, Ms. Wright was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of CTBA, coordinating legislative activity in California and nationally, as well as media and communications activities.

Prior to working for CTBA, Ms. Wright was appointed as Deputy Director of Legislative and External Affairs to the California Lottery by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As Deputy Director, Marilyn worked collectively with the Legislative team on the successful passage of historic prize payout legislation and created and implemented partnerships with various educational entities throughout the state to help further the mission of the Lottery.

Bernadette Miskit

Bernadette Miskit is the Executive Assistant to the MMS Strategies team. Bernadette manages the office and assists in the facilitation and execution of administrative responsibilities. She is responsible for calendar maintenance, preparation of correspondence and technical presentations, coordination of travel arrangements (and resulting expense statements), facilitation of meeting arrangements, processing of visit requests, and monitoring of all action and signature items.

Having worked for a local law office and a prominent engineering firm, she possesses a solid understanding of operating swiftly and a keen ability to execute numerous tasks simultaneously.

Bernadette is a native of the Philippines, grew up in Chicago and has lived in the Sacramento region for the past 38 years. When she’s not in the office Bernadette’s personal passions include traveling and spending time with her grand kids. She and her husband, Gene, have two kids and two grand kids.