New Baltimore Mayor Adds to His Leadership Team

    Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D) filled more positions on his executive team Tuesday, one week after taking office.

    Scott announced that J. Leslie Carter will serve as deputy chief of staff and director of Administration; Stefanie Mavronis, will be acting director of Communication; Scott Davis will be acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods; and Daphney Williams will be director of the Mayor’s Office of Correspondence and Constituent Services.

    “This team takes pride in accessibility, transparency, and constituent services, and I know they will be an integral part of building a city government that operates and communicates in a new way,” Scott said in a statement.

    J. Leslie Carter. City of Baltimore photograph.

    Carter went to work for Scott in the city council president’s office in June of 2019, in the role of director of Administration. Prior to working in city government, she worked as a senior contract security officer with the Department of Defense.

    Mavronis served as director of Communication in the city council president’s office and director of Civic Engagement for City Councilmember Zeke Cohen (D). Prior to working in city government, Mavronis was senior producer for the Marc Steiner Show on the old Baltimore NPR affiliate, WEAA-FM.

    Davis previously served as director of Neighborhood Relations and as a neighborhood liaison in the council president’s office. In those roles, he responded to constituent issues from across the city and worked to ensure city government was responsive. Previously, Davis was a Spanish teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools.

    Williams has over 25 years of management experience and an extensive background in constituent services. Since 2014, Williams has served as director of the Mayor’s Office of Correspondence and Constituent Services, where she manages constituent outreach and data. For two years, she served as deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Constituent Services.

    In separate announcements over the past week, Scott named Christopher J. Shorter as chief administrative officer and Michael Huber as chief of staff, Natasha Mehu as director of Governmental Relations, Daniel Ramos as first deputy CAO, and Sunny Schnitzer as deputy mayor for Public Safety.

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