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Fenty Announces Four Agency and Office Heads

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today announced the appointment of four District agency and office directors this morning. They are a collection of staff reassignments, and in one case the hiring of an area businessman who has had extensive contact with the administration.

Gabe Klein was named head of the District Department of Transportation; Lee A. Smith III, Department of Small and Local Business Development; Bridget Davis, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs; and Tracy Sandler, Office of Boards and Commissions

Klein is the co-founder and most recently served as the chief executive officer of On the Fly, a boutique food-service company. In 2007, On the Fly designed and launched the next-generation electric smartkarts, which offer customers natural foods. From 2002 to 2006, Klein was also regional vice president of Zipcar. He has a bachelor of science degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech, and has lived in the District for 14 years.

Lee A. Smith III was most recently the director of administration and government affairs for the Washington Convention Center Authority. Smith also served as chief of staff for the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and assisted the CEO in overseeing the on-time completion of Washington Nationals ballpark. Smith has held several jobs with the D.C. Council, including legislative director for former council member Carol Schwartz. Smith has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree from Howard University. He's been a D.C. resident for 15 years.

Bridget Davis most recently served as the director of the Office of Boards and Commissions, where she advised Fenty in appointing District residents to more than 180 boards and commissions. Davis has held several posts in in the Fenty administration since its inception in January 2007. Before joining Fenty, Davis staffed national and local political campaigns, while working for political consulting and mailing firms. She has dual degrees in political science and women's studies from Ohio State University. She's lived in the District since 2001.

Tracy Sandler most recently served as a special assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff. She joined the administration as a communications specialist Fenty's office. Before then she was a communications and events associate for the DC-based nonprofit FasterCures, which identifies global solutions to accelerate the clinical development of new therapies for debilitating diseases. Sandler began her career working at FOX Sports, where she was an on-set assistant. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Michigan and has lived in the District since July 2007.

By Marcia Davis  |  December 31, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
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Wow. No comment on why Joanne Ginsburg left OPLA? There has to be a story there. And now Bridgett Davis is going to run this important office? She looks--and acts--like she is 12! Seriously, this is a joke. I didn't realize it was April Fools Day.

Posted by: heatherhopeindc | December 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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