Updated 12 a.m. to correct titles
Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser named several senior aides Tuesday, including the leader of a well-respected network of public-interest nonprofit policy centers to serve as her chief legal counsel.
Betsy Cavendish will leave the presidency of Appleseed to join the District government as the mayor’s general counsel. She becomes the second person in that post to join the District government; in 2007, Linda Singer left Appleseed to become D.C. attorney general, then a mayor-appointed office.
Now Cavendish becomes the first mayoral lawyer tasked with working alongside an elected attorney general, Karl A. Racine, who will be sworn in alongside Bowser on Friday. The top lawyers at most city agencies will continue to report to the mayor’s office, while Racine will retain the power to render opinions on matters of policy and legislation.
Before joining Appleseed in 2007, Cavendish was legal director and interim president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the well-known advocacy group for abortion rights. She also served in the U.S. Justice Department’s prestigious Office of Legal Counsel during the early years of the Clinton administration.
Bowser’s chief scheduler will be Sean Floyd, a D.C. area native who has served in recent years as operations director for a series of high-profile Democratic political campaigns — most recently, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s losing re-election campaign. Previously, Floyd worked for the winning mayoral campaign of Bill de Blasio in New York and the President Barack Obama’s successful re-election effort in Pennsylvania.
Three other appointees are familiar faces from Bowser’s campaign and her D.C. Council office.
Lindsey Parker, previously Bowser’s council director of legislative and economic development affairs and her transition policy adviser, will be a deputy chief of staff in her mayoral administration. Parker worked in the policy office of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty and later served as policy director for Americans for Responsible Solutions, the nonprofit group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to combat gun violence.
Charon Hines will direct Bowser’s Office of Community Affairs after a stint as the Bowser campaign’s Ward 4 coordinator and recently as the mayor-elect’s traveling chief of staff during the transition. She is a former educator, serving as both a teacher and principal in Maryland and the District.
Rob Hawkins, who has been Bowser’s legislative director and clerk of the council’s Economic Development Committee, will serve as deputy general counsel under Cavendish. On Bowser’s council staff since 2009, he played a key role in several major initiatives, including the drafting of ethics reform legislation and the approval of numerous economic development projects, most recently the D.C. United soccer stadium.
The appointments announced Tuesday do not require council confirmation.