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Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Gilchrist Announce Staff Changes


February 18, 2022 



Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Gilchrist Announce Staff Changes 

Governor welcomes new Director of Public Affairs, Lt. Governor announces new Chief of Staff 


LANSING, Mich. -?Today, Governor Whitmer welcomed Heather Kevnick as her new director of public affairs. Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist announced Jessica Brousseau as his new chief of staff. 


Jessica BrousseauChief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist 


"I am so excited to welcome Jessica, a familiar face, as my new chief of staff," said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. "Jessica brings years of experience in the Executive Office to the team, and I look forward to working with her to stand tall for Michiganders and deliver on the issues that matter most to working families, small businesses, and communities." 


Jessica has been on the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration's federal affairs team since day one. She served as senior deputy director of federal affairs, a key liaison between Michigan's congressional delegation and the administration. She has advanced Michigan's federal interests, with a focus on health care, economic development, workforce, and agriculture. 


Previously, Jessica was director of policy and government affairs at a consulting firm and worked as an aide to Senator Debbie Stabenow. Jessica received a Masters of Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and her undergraduate degree from Albion College. 


Heather Kevnick, Director of Public Affairs 


"Heather will be a valuable addition to our team as director of public affairs," said JoAnne Huls, Chief of Staff to Governor Whitmer. "With her years of experience as a communications and public relations professional, she will continue building partnerships that put Michiganders first and move our state forward." 


Heather was the contracts and agreements manager of the New York District Council of Carpenters, previously worked as director of new media at Byrum & Fisk Communications, and held several positions in various media organizations in Michigan.   


Heather is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Dearborn.