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Attorney General-Elect Ferguson announces new AGO Chief of Staff, retains Chief Deputy


November 26, 2012

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

billion budget.

"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



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