Attorney General-Elect Ferguson announces new AGO Chief of Staff, retains Chief Deputy
SEATTLE-Attorney General-Elect Bob Ferguson has announced the
appointment of the top two leadership positions for his new
administration. Mamie Marcuss will serve as Chief of Staff, overseeing
operations, communications, policy, and government affairs. Marcuss has
served as chief of staff to Ferguson on the King County Council since
2008, where she manages Ferguson's District Office which represents more
than 200,000 people in North King County.
Ferguson also announced he will retain Chief Deputy Brian Moran. Moran
has served as Chief Deputy under current Attorney General Rob McKenna
since 2006, overseeing all legal operations for the Attorney General's
"I'm so proud Mamie will be joining me as Chief of Staff for the
Attorney General's Office," Ferguson said. "Her drive, intelligence, and
compassion will serve the state well as she manages the operational,
communications and policy functions of the Attorney General's Office."
"I'm equally pleased that Chief Deputy Brian Moran will continue in his
current role as Chief Deputy," Ferguson said. "Brian is highly respected
in the Attorney General's Office, across the state and throughout the
nation for his strong management skills and keen legal intellect."
Prior to her service as chief of staff to Councilmember Ferguson,
Marcuss served as a legislative analyst for the King County Council's
Operating and Capital Budget Committees, analyzing King County's $5
"Mamie's experience analyzing King County's budget will be invaluable as
she works to manage and advocate for the complex budgetary needs of the
Attorney General's Office," Ferguson said.
Marcuss launched her career in public service at the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston, where she was a senior research analyst for the Economic
Research Division. She later served as editor of Communities and
Banking, the Boston Fed's quarterly magazine on regional economic
development issues. She holds her bachelor's degree in Economics from
Dartmouth College and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard University.
Ferguson and Marcuss have set up transition offices in the Seattle
office of the Attorney General and held preliminary meetings with a
number of AG staff. They also recently attended segments of the Attorney
General Academy for new attorneys general.
"The Washington Attorney General's Office has a tremendous reputation as
a leader among Attorneys General Offices," Marcuss said. "I have the
highest regard for the office's culture and mission of public service
and look forward to serving in the new administration."
"Both Mamie and Bob have put AGO staff at ease with their approachable
demeanor and eagerness to learn about the office," Moran said. "We are
all pleased to welcome them to the Attorney General's Office-and I look
forward to serving with them as Chief Deputy."
Moran joined the Attorney General's Office in 1999 and served as Chief
Criminal Prosecutor under both Christine Gregoire and McKenna before
being promoted to Chief Deputy. He's been awarded the National
Association of Attorneys General Marvin Award and the Council of Western
Attorneys General Nelson Kempsky Award, which both recognize outstanding
Assistant Attorneys General. Brian and his wife, Eileen, live in Gig
Harbor with their daughters, Kate (14) and Molly (10).
Marcuss lives with her husband, Aidan, and their son, Luke (2), in the
Montlake neighborhood of Seattle. They enjoy hiking, camping, and
snowshoeing in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and sailing on Lake