Two Communications Professionals Become Key Hogan Deputies

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) has tapped two communications professionals to join his office’s leadership.

    Hogan has appointed two new deputy chiefs of staff: Allison S. Mayer, managing director of marketing and communications at the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Stephen Schatz, who worked in policy and communications positions at the Department of Natural Resources.

    “I am incredibly excited to have two highly qualified members of our administration join our team here in the Governor’s Office,” Hogan wrote in a news release. “I know Stephen and Allison will work diligently to serve the people of Maryland.”

    Schatz’s and Mayer’s appointments are effective Feb. 4 and Feb. 13, respectively.

    The new appointees will replace Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, who was recently appointed as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, and Deputy Chief of Staff Sean Powell, who will join the senior management team at the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.