Posted: Dec. 1, 2002


Dover -- Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced Wednesday that she has selected Mark T. Brainard, currently executive vice president of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, to become chief of staff in her office.

Gov. Minner also announced that Lee Ann Walling, who has served as senior advisor to the governor since January 2001, will take a position in the Delaware Economic Development Office implementing several elements of the Governor’s quality of life agenda, including Livable Delaware, water supply and industrial responsibility.

“I have been thinking for some time about restructuring my office in order to better serve me and the people of Delaware and I am pleased that Mark has agreed to come on board,” Minner said. “Mark has a long history in and around state government and I am looking forward to having his expertise and judgment in continuing to implement the agenda that the people of Delaware elected me to enact.”

“In this difficult economic climate, it is also important to do all we can to make our state attractive to businesses that are already here and businesses that may want to come here. And the Strategic Economic Council identified quality of life and the implementation of Livable Delaware as keys to that,” Gov. Minner said. “Now that some of the key pieces of my quality of life plan have been put into place, we have to focus on implementation and that’s what I’ve asked Lee Ann to do at DEDO. She along with Judy McKinney-Cherry and Jim Roszkowski, my new director and advisor at DEDO, will be a dream team.”

 “With a hiring freeze in place, it was not an easy decision to make these kinds of personnel moves,” Gov. Minner said. “But Lee Ann’s work at DEDO will be critical for keeping and attracting jobs and Mark’s combination of public and private experience will be important to help me continue to manage Delaware well through these tough times.”

 Brainard, 44, of Newark, has served as executive vice president of the State Chamber since 2001 and served at the chamber as senior vice president from 1999 to 2001. He served as assistant vice president for personnel and legal affairs at Delaware Technical and Community College from 1995 to 1999. He was director of external affairs at DelDOT from 1993 to 1995, and chief of staff for the Democratic caucus in the Delaware House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993 and was administrative assistant to the Democratic caucus of the state Senate from 1984 to 1987. He held a series of part-time legislative positions from 1979 to 1984. Brainard has a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from Wilmington College and a law degree from Widener University School of Law.

“After spending a number of my years working in state government and around state policy, I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity the Governor has offered me to serve in this position at a very challenging time in our state,” Brainard said.

 Walling, 46, of Lincoln, is considered the architect of the Governor’s Livable Delaware agenda. Previously, she served as deputy state treasurer from 1999 to 2001 and as executive assistant to the secretary of finance from 1996 to 1999. She was executive assistant to Minner as lieutenant governor from 1993 to 1996, campaign manager of Minner’s campaign for lieutenant governor in 1992, and a reporter and editor at the Delaware State News from 1981 to 1991. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

 “I believe in the power of good ideas, and the Governor has charged me with continuing to develop and implement a quality of life agenda that includes Livable Delaware, water supply, economic development, industrial responsibility and many other Minner-Carney Administration policy goals,” Walling said. “It’s a challenge to be able to focus on an area of such critical importance to Delawareans and their future.”

 Brainard will begin in the Governor’s Office Monday. Walling will transition to DEDO by mid-December.