RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Office of the Governor
Ofirah Yheskel, Acting Communications DirectorOfirah Yheskel has been appointed Acting Communications Director. She has served as Press Secretary since January 2018. Prior to that, she served as a senior communications advisor to the governor’s transition and inaugural committees, Press Secretary for the Ralph Northam for Governor campaign, and Wisconsin Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Office of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor
Natalie Chapman, Executive Assistant to the Chief Workforce Development AdvisorNatalie Chapman has been appointed Executive Assistant to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor. She previously served as a 2018 Governor’s Fellow in the Office of First Lady Pamela Northam. Natalie is a native of Wise County in Southwest Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Emma Williams, Special Assistant, Notary and Authentications DivisionEmma Williams has been appointed Special Assistant in the Notary and Authentications Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Prior to her appointment, she held positions in the Office of the Attorney General and the Senate of Virginia, and served as a 2015 Governor’s Fellow with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. A native of Hanover County, Emma earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Randolph College.
Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism
Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Certified Interior Designers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects
Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors
Board of Trustees, Family and Children’s Trust Fund
Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
New College Institute
Potomac River Fisheries Commission
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Virginia Asian Advisory Board
Virginia Latino Advisory Board
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