Claudene Wharton

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Claudene Wharton

Communications & Senior Marketing Specialist


I have more than 30 years of experience in collaborative leadership, community engagement, government and media relations, program development and implementation, fund development and fundraising, management and strategic communications for nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education. I attribute my success to a strong work ethic, top-notch mentors and teachers, effective communication skills, and my appreciation for life and people. I enjoy finding win-win solutions to challenges and forging relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives. 


Lake Zurich High School, 1982
B.A. with Distinction, Journalism; University of Nevada, Reno; 1986
M.A., Journalism; University of Nevada, Reno; 1999

Honors and Awards


Member, Southwest Truckee Meadows Citizen Advisory Board for Washoe County, 2012 - 2013 
Member, Washoe County Community Emergency Response Team, 2007 - Present
Member, then Chair, Washoe County Human Services Advisory Board, 1995 - 1998
Advisory Board Member, The Ridge House,1994 - 1997

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

4-H 4 Nevada
Quarterly newsletter covering: members making COVID mask; keeping member engaged; Q&A with past rodeo queen; and volunteer Jerry Holliday is making a difference.
Alfaro, H., Kozsan, T., Wharton, C. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno