Office of Lt. Governor Staff

John Schochet | Chief of Staff & Legal Counsel

As Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel, John serves as the Chief Ethics Officer, staffs the Lieutenant Governor on the Rules Committee, and oversees all matters of policy, communications, international relations, and outreach. He has more than 12 years of experience practicing law in Washington state, first as a commercial and appellate litigator at two of Seattle’s largest law firms, then at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, most recently serving as Deputy City Attorney for Policy and Constituent Affairs. John received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he won the 75th Annual William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition. He has been to all 50 states, and nine out of 10 Canadian provinces.


Libby Hollingshead | Deputy Chief of Staff

As Deputy Chief of Staff, Libby assists with running the agency, oversees the Lieutenant Governor’s schedule, and supports the Lieutenant Governor in all of his Senate presiding duties, including the management of the rostrum and Rules Committee and coordination of appointment letters, bill tracking, and legislative inquiries. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Libby worked with the Lieutenant Governor as his Legislative Assistant while he served in both the state Senate and state House. Libby received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, where she focused on interdisciplinary environmental policy.


Keeley Smith | Director of Communications and Outreach

As Director of Communications and Outreach, Keeley serves as the media liaison, in addition to writing reports, overseeing the office’s website and social media activity, and directing outreach initiatives aimed at serving all Washingtonians, including those traditionally under-served. She also designs print, digital, video, and speaking presentations. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Keeley worked as an editor and reporter in Washington state, California, and Cambodia, and as a campaign associate, registered lobbyist, and policy analyst in California and Rhode Island. She received a B.A. in English and Journalism from the University of New Hampshire, where she was awarded the Michael Kelly Journalism Award and Scholarship, and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Brown University.


Tina Tran Neville | Director of International Affairs

As Director of International Affairs, Tina serves as the liaison for all foreign dignitaries, consular entities, and international communities, including spearheading trade missions and directing international collaborations. Tina has 20 years of experience in trade and international affairs, economics, and education, including six years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Dept. of State in East and South East Asia, Iraq, and Pakistan. Additionally, Tina founded the Washington, D.C.-based Transcend Academy, an organization aimed at helping high school students with test preparation and college admissions. She received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Policy from the University of Tulsa, and a M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. She has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Stevie Gold Award for Women in Business, the 2007 U.S. Dept. of State Meritorious Honor Award for service in Iraq, and the 2006 U.S. Dept. of State Superior Honor Award for service in Pakistan.


Miranda Roberts | Director of Economic Development

As Director of Economic Development, Miranda spearheads initiatives aimed at bolstering Washington state’s economy and creating a more prosperous Washington for all. She advises the Lieutenant Governor on all economic development and trade initiatives and is the designee for the Legislative Committee for Economic Development and International Relations. Additionally, she coordinates speaking engagements and presentations. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Miranda managed his lieutenant gubernatorial and state senatorial campaigns, in addition to working as an associate at a public affairs firm in Chicago. Miranda received a B.A. in Political Economy and Political Communication from the University of Washington.


Emma Pitts | Legislative Intern

As the Lieutenant Governor’s Legislative Intern, Emma assists the staff with their responsibilities and conducts research. Emma is a junior at Washington State University in Pullman. She is obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law, and a minor in Philosophy. Following graduation in 2018, she will be pursuing a Juris Doctorate.