The following statement was shared with the media from the office of new Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
PORTLAND Ore. -- Mayor-elect Charlie Hales has completed staff hires for his office in the days leading up to his swearing-in ceremony.
Hales will be sworn officially in at his home, at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. His ceremonial swearing-in is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave.
This is the second round of hires announced by Hales and Chief of Staff Gail Shibley. Joining the mayor-elect’s staff are:
• Baruti Artharee, policy director. Artharee previously worked at the Portland Development Commission and Providence Health & Services, and currently is president of Artharee and Associates management consultants. He will join the mayoral staff in February.
• Lauren King, executive assistant to Shibley. King has worked in the Portland Office of Management and Finance. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oregon law school and currently is a Hatfield Fellow at Portland State University.
• Matthew Robinson, policy assistant. Robinson works as a policy associate for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc. and previously worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Texas law school.
• Noah Siegel, policy director. Siegel formerly served in the office of Mayor Sam Adams, where he was international relations director. Previously, he was a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State and graduated from Tufts University.
• Chad Stover, policy assistant. Stover worked in international affairs for Mayor Sam Adams. Before that, he was a Japanese language professor for the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Portland State University.
• Rachael Wiggins, front desk receptionist. Wiggins was a team coordinator for All Hands Raised, a nonprofit that champions education, equity and excellence for youths in Portland and throughout Multnomah County. Shibley also announced that Antoinette Edwards and Thomas Peavey, now working with the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, will continue in their roles. The office was created in 2006.
Earlier this month, Hales’ transition team announced five new hires. They included: Grace Uwagbae, constituent relations manager; Ed McNamara, policy director; Joshua Albert, policy director; Cevero Gonzalez, executive assistant to the mayor; and Dana Haynes, communications director.