Murray announces communications staff changes

Mayor Murray today announced his appointment of Jason Kelly to serve as Press Secretary in the Mayor’s Office.

Kelly served most recently as Strategic Communications Manager for the Port of Seattle. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Juliette, and their two children, Gavin and Fiona.

Prior to moving to Seattle, he worked in several communications positions in Olympia, including in the Office of Gov. Chris Gregoire, the State Department of Agriculture, the State Senate, the State School Directors’ Association and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

His recent community service includes terms on the Board of Directors of Parent Trust for Washington Children and the Board of Trustees of the Griffin School Foundation. He frequently volunteers as a youth sports coach.

Kelly began his career in public service in Washington, DC, first with U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone and then Rep. David Minge, both Members of Congress from his native state of Minnesota.

Kelly received a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota.

His first day in the Mayor’s Office is Aug. 20th and his salary is $100,000 annually. Megan Coppersmith, who has served as Acting Press Secretary in the Mayor’s Office since March, returns to her permanent role as Public Information Advisor for the City’s Department of Information Technology.

Additionally, Mike Gore has been promoted to the position of Deputy Press Secretary from his former role of Correspondence Manager.

Gore, a Seattle native, recently graduated with a degree in journalism from Western Washington University. Gore interned at The White House Office of Communications and at The Stranger while in school, as well as serving in the role of Daily Managing Editor at Western’s award-winning student newspaper, The Western Front.

Gore’s salary is $62,640 annually.