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Wednesday
Dec192012

Governor-Elect Hassan Continues Building Experienced Administration Staff

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Announces Legislative, Policy and Appointments Directors 

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced additional members of her administration’s staff, naming experienced public servants to help lead her legislative, policy, and appointments efforts.

“The people of New Hampshire expect and deserve the office of the governor to be as open and accessible as possible,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “These dedicated public servants will leverage their years of experience to ensure that Granite Staters’ voices are fully heard as we work together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.”

To lead her policy team, Hassan has named William Craig as Policy Director and Adviser to the Governor. Craig of Manchester, is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, and served as Hassan’s Majority Director and Legislative Aide during her time in the state senate. In addition, Hassan has named Amy Kennedy as Policy Adviser. Kennedy, who received her Master’s in Public Administration from University of North Florida, has served in a variety of government and political roles, including as a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives, as a program coordinator for a scholarship program for at-risk youth, as director of community relations for a Planned Parenthood affiliate, and, most recently, as Deputy State Political Director in New Hampshire for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Hassan named Chris Kennedy of Manchester as Legislative Director and Adviser to the Governor. Kennedy currently serves as Senate Minority Caucus Director and previously served as Senate Majority Caucus Director.

Finally, Hassan announced that Jennifer Kuzma of Concord will serve as Director of Appointments and Liaison to the Executive Council, a role she currently fulfills for Governor John Lynch. Kuzma will help direct Hassan’s efforts to identify highly qualified individuals to serve the people of New Hampshire at various state agencies.

As Hassan works to build her administration’s staff, she is receiving support and counsel from her Office Administration team, which consists of Alice Chamberlin, former Special Assistant to Governor Lynch for natural resources, energy and transportation policy; Jennifer Frizzell, former Senate Policy Director and adviser to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Steve Gordon, an attorney and director at Shaheen & Gordon; and Michael Vlacich, former Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and state director for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.

 

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