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Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced several more appointments to her staff, including Jennifer Seelig, a former Democratic leader in the Utah House, and Holly Mullen, a former journalist who most recently held the post of executive director at the Rape Recovery Center.
The mayor has many more appointments to make in the coming weeks in order to round out her administration.
Seelig, whom Biskupski appointed director of community relations, served in the House from 2006 to 2014, overlapping with Biskupski's own time in the Legislature (1999-2012). Seelig also has been a policy and research analyst for the Salt Lake City Council, and later for former Mayor Rocky Anderson. Seelig also worked for the Utah League of Cities and Towns as communication and legislative policy analyst.
Mullen, a 30-year newspaper veteran, has been named deputy communications director. She was the first female sports editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, where she later wrote the paper's metro column. Mullen also was the editor of Salt Lake City Weekly before joining the Rape Recovery Center in 2011. She is married to former Mayor Ted Wilson.
Mullen will serve under Matthew Rojas, the director of communications. Rojas, a Utah native, served nine years as director of membership for Lambda Legal, the nation's largest LGBT rights legal organization. He also has worked with other nonprofits and groups developing messaging and strategy.
The new mayor selected Christine Passey as special projects manager. In 2011, Passey began advocating for effective public policy to help children with autism. Her advocacy on the issue resulted in the passage of legislation in 2012 and 2014. Passey ran for the House District 44 seat in Murray in 2014, but lost by 53 votes. She also has served as the director of Friday's Kids, an organization focused on strengthening the families of those with special needs. In addition, she was vice president of the Utah Autism Coalition.
Biskupski has retained Lynn Pace as senior adviser for intergovernmental affairs. He has worked for Salt Lake City since 1996. Pace also has held the position of deputy city attorney. For the past 12 years, he has supervised the city's lobbying efforts at the Utah Legislature, and has handled intergovernmental issues with Salt Lake County and other local governments. Pace also is the current president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Simone Butler, who worked as Biskupski's deputy field director in the election campaign, has been named executive assistant to the mayor. Butler grew up in Portland, Ore., and attended Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., where she earned a degree in Hispanic Studies and Politics and International Relations.
The mayor's office will be managed by Robin Pratt. She has served in administrative capacities at a number of nonprofits over the past 10 years, including the YWCA-Utah, Utah Nonprofits Association, Utah Cultural Alliance and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy.
Previously, Biskupski announced the appointments of Patrick Leary as chief of staff; David Litvack as deputy chief of staff; and Yolanda Francisco-Nez as coordinator for the Office of Diversity & Human Rights.