GOVERNOR-ELECT MARTINEZ NAMES SENIOR TRANSITION LEADERSHIP

GOVERNOR-ELECT MARTINEZ NAMES SENIOR TRANSITION LEADERSHIP

Albuquerque – Governor-elect Susana Martinez today announced senior members of the Governor-Elect Martinez Transition Committee.  These individuals will work with the transition committee’s chairman, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson to ensure the change of power in Santa Fe is a smooth one and the new governor is able to begin administering to the priorities of New Mexicans quickly and effectively.

The members of the senior transition leadership include:

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN FOR TRANSITION — NICOLE MCCLESKEY
Nicole McCleskey is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies (POS), a political and public affairs research firm and was part of the senior strategy team for the Susana Martinez for Governor Campaign.  McCleskey is also active in local community organizations and currently serves as President-elect of the Junior League of Albuquerque.  McCleskey has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and M.A. degrees from George Washington University and the University of Southern California.

CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL — PAUL KENNEDY
Paul Kennedy is a former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice.  Justice Kennedy is currently a partner in the firm Kennedy & Han.  Kennedy is a graduate of Georgetown Law School.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR — DANNY DIAZ
Danny Diaz is founder of Diaz Communications LLC and former communications director of the Republican National Committee (RNC).  Prior to that, he served as deputy communications director for John McCain 2008 and southwest regional press secretary for Bush-Cheney ’04.

DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL — RYAN CANGIOLOSI
Ryan Cangiolosi most recently served as Susana Martinez for Governor Campaign Manager.  He has extensive business experience and is an officer in the United States Naval Reserve.  Cangiolosi has a BA and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.

DIRECTOR OF POLICY PLANNING — BRIAN MOORE
Brian Moore is a business owner from Clayton and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010.  He was a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000-2008 serving on numerous committees including legislative finance and was a strong advocate for New Mexico’s rural communities.

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT & COORDINATION — MATT STACKPOLE
Matt Stackpole most recently served as Susana Martinez for Governor Deputy Manager of Campaign Operations.  Previously, Stackpole assisted the Richard J. Berry’s campaign for Albuquerque mayor and in field operations for the Republican Party.  Stackpole graduated from UNM Law School in May 2010.

DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE & CONSTITUENT AFFAIRS — MATT KENNICOTT
Matt Kennicott was previously Susana Martinez for Governor Director of Campaign Operations.  He has served as the Chief of Staff for the House Republican Caucus in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

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