December 24, 2013 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced personnel changes in the Mayor’s Office that will be in effect, starting January 1, 2014.
“I’m proud to have these capable individuals take on new roles in the Mayor’s Office,” said Mayor Nutter. “I have the utmost confidence that they will serve well the City of Philadelphia and its residents.”
Maia Jachimowicz has been named the Policy Director, a Cabinet level position focused on coordinating policy development with other senior members of the Administration. The Policy Director position was previously held by Suzanne Biemiller, First Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor.
Ms. Jachimowicz, who joined the Nutter Administration in July 2008, previously served as the Deputy Policy Director where she assisted in the creation and implementation of the Sandy Hook Principles, a code of corporate conduct for the gun and ammunition industry, the implementation of a gun crime reduction strategy and worked on pension and business tax reform policies in the Department of Finance.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. “I’m honored to be chosen for this role and I look forward to continuing to foster policy innovation and evidence-based policies for the benefit of all Philadelphians,” she said.
Katherine Martin has been named the Deputy Policy Director. She previously served as the Director of Scheduling, Deputy Press Secretary and Briefing Book Coordinator. Martin holds a B.A. from Boston University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government.
Stephanie Byrd has been named the Director of Scheduling. She previously served as the Administrative Specialist for the Director of Public Safety and has worked in City government for 14 years in several other roles. Byrd holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University.
Catherine Jackson has been named the Director of Correspondence and will retain her responsibilities as Assistant to the Director of Communications/City Representative. Jackson came to the Mayor’s Office as an Assistant to the Mayor in 2010 after previously working at the Mayor’s Commission on Aging. She has worked in City government for 35 years in several positions.
Jennifer Crandall has been named the Deputy Press Secretary. She previously served as Press Office Manager and Assistant Director of Correspondence and Constituent Services. Crandall holds a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jolene Nieves has been named Speechwriter. She previously served as Press Aide. Nieves holds a B.A. from Seton Hill University and a Master’s Degree in communications from Drexel University.