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Former Attorney for Swinomish Named Governor’s Chief of Staff

Marty Loesch, former attorney and inter-governmental affairs director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Olympia, Washington, has been named chief of staff of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office.

Gregoire appointed Loesch effective July 18. Loesch succeeds Jay Manning, who resigned in June. Loesch previously served as Gregoire’s director of external affairs and senior counsel.

Gregoire said Loesch’s strong legal and policy background make him a “natural fit” for chief of staff. “Marty’s skills and wealth of knowledge about the state will be assets as we work to bring people and organizations together to create jobs,” Gregoire said in a press release. “We have an aggressive agenda for the next 18 months. I’m glad to have Marty by my side as we work through these unprecedented times.”

In addition to his work at Swinomish and in the governor’s office, Loesch has served as an international election monitor in Bosnia, Republika Srpska, and South Africa, and as an international law consultant with Catholic Relief Services. He has a JD and a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Notre Dame.

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Two people with Swinomish ties now hold positions in the governor’s office. Craig A. Bill, Swinomish, has been executive director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs since July 2005. He was previously director of intergovernmental affairs and adviser to the chairman of the Lummi Indian Nation. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a B.A. degree and double major in political science and social science.