Libby Hollingshead | Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Libby oversees the staff of the agency, leads office operations, and manages a programmatic portfolio for the office of the Lt. Governor. She is the key liaison with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies. In addition, Libby staffs several legislative and state committees, including the Senate Rules Committee, the State Finance Committee, the Healthcare Facilities Board, and the Higher Education Facilities Board. 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 | Executive Director
As Executive Director, Kristina manages office staff and leads the agency’s strategic initiatives. In this capacity, Kristina is responsible for the office’s programmatic and legislative agendas, as well as its outreach efforts. 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, and worked as a session aide in then-Senator Habib’s office. Kristina received a B.A. in Political Science, and Law, Societies & Justice, at the University of Washington.
Schuyler F. Hoss | Director of International Relations and Protocol
As Director of International Relations and Protocol, Schuyler serves as the State’s primary liaison to foreign governments, international organizations and global education and cultural partners on behalf of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Office of the Governor. Schuyler also has a significant role in international business and economic development as well as trade related matters, and functions as the State’s Chief Protocol Officer for official and ceremonial events. Schuyler previously served on the staff of former Governor Christine Gregoire, and has more than 25 years experience in community based health care, specializing in home health, hospice, infusion therapy and home medical technology. He served as a long-time volunteer and school board member, and is active in supporting several community not for profit organizations.
Mary Chikwinya | Director of Higher Education
As Director of Higher Education, Mary has responsibility for the administration of the Complete Washington program, a statewide adult higher education initiative designed to address both state workforce and individuals’ needs by creating low-cost, high-demand degree programs specifically tailored to meet the needs of working adults. She leads the office’s efforts to expand access to higher education and serves as liaison to education community at large. Mary has over 20 years of professional experience working in two- and four- year institutions including Tacoma Community College, Pierce, Highline, and Green River community colleges, as well as at Washington State University. Mary recieved a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Student Personnel Services, both from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Mikhail Carpenter | Director of Communications
As Director of Communications, Mikhail designs and implements communications strategies to promote the Lieutenant Governor’s initiatives including media relations, internal/external messaging and social media presence. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Mikhail worked in the Communications Office of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board during the state’s groundbreaking effort to legalize cannabis. Mikhail received his B.A. in Global Communications from the American University of Paris.
Ryan Jackson | Program Manager
As Program Manager, Ryan ensures the efficient execution of the Lieutenant Governor’s daily activities by organizing logistics, and accompanying the Lieutenant Governor to official meetings, events, and speaking engagements. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Ryan worked with many community outreach organizations and non-profits focused on youth involvement in political outreach. He also was a Caravan for Democracy fellow with the Jewish National Fund, exploring the international effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ryan received a B.A. in Political Science, and Law, Societies & Justice from the University of Washington.
Hana Fouladi | Program Manager
As Program Manager, Hana helps manage and organize Office of the Lt. Governor programs such as the Washington World Fellows and Complete Washington. She is also responsible for various financial operations, constituent casework, office management logistics, and serves on the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s team, Hana worked in the healthcare industry in both Internal and Emergency Medicine settings. She has also worked with non-profit organizations on issues pertaining to civil liberties, healthcare rights, and prison reform. Hana received her B.S. in Biology with a focus in Physiology and minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington in Seattle.