Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's leaking staff has a new peg.
The first-time mayor of the East Bay city announced the appointment of Anne Campbell Washington as her chief of staff effective immediately.
The hiring marks a reverse towards the mayor's office.
In recent weeks Quan has had her legal adviser and her deputy mayor step down, partly over her handling of the Occupy Oakland protests.
Washington previously served as the director of operations and special projects at the Stuart
Foundation in San Francisco and the executive director of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation in
She also was an aide to former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown.
"The Quan Administration is focused on Oakland’s toughest challenges: public safety,
job creation and education," Washington said in a statement. "I look forward to tackling these challenges with Mayor Quan, City Administrator Santana, the entire City Council and City staff. Oakland is at its best when we all come together to do our part. I loveOakland – its vibrant soul, its unique local businesses, its neighborhoods. I am so proud to serve this city that I love."
In her new role, Washington will oversee the activities of Quan’s Office, serve as a senior policy adviser and work closely with the city leaders and departments.
Washington lives in Oakland with her husband and two children and she holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University.