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, manages public records requests, and oversees all matters of policy, communications, international relations, and outreach. John also acts as the office’s key liaison with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies. John 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. Additionally, Libby leads the office’s work to improve employment access for veterans and disabled individuals. 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.
Kristina Brown | Director of External Relations
As Director of External Relations, Kristina manages office communications, oversees digital content, liaises with media, and executes strategic community outreach. Kristina leads the office’s higher education portfolio, and she is responsible for developing the capabilities of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to expand educational opportunities for Washingtonians. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Kristina served as a legislative analyst in Washington’s Office of the Attorney General, managed several statewide political campaigns, worked as a session aide in then-Senator Habib’s office, and got her start in politics working at a local political fundraising firm. Kristina received a B.A. in Political Science, and Law, Societies & Justice, at the University of Washington.
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 staffs the Legislative Committee for Economic Development and International Relations, and serves as the intergovernmental liaison between the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and Tribal governments in Washington state. Miranda serves as point-person for managing the Lieutenant Governor’s membership in a variety of national associations, including the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Additionally, Miranda is responsible for coordinating the Lieutenant Governor’s 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.
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.
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.