Attorney General-Elect Ferguson announces new chief of staff, retains chief deputy

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 Office.

“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 Union.

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