For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
CONCORD – Governor-Elect Hassan today announced two key members of her administration's staff, naming Pamela Walsh of Concord to serve as chief of staff and Lucy C. Hodder of Hopkinton to serve as her legal counsel.
"Pamela Walsh has demonstrated time and again that she is one of the most knowledgeable, creative, and effective public servants in our state, and as Chief of Staff, her experience will be invaluable to our efforts to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire," said Governor-Elect Hassan.
Walsh currently serves as Hassan's transition director and has previous served as deputy chief of staff for Governor John Lynch and as press secretary for Governor Jeanne Shaheen. She received her bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in Boston. As Chief of Staff, Walsh will manage Hassan's gubernatorial office and help direct efforts to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget, implement Hassan's Innovate NH jobs plan, and address New Hampshire's priorities.
"I am proud to have the opportunity to work with Governor-Elect Hassan to help her implement her vision for a growing and innovative New Hampshire economy," Walsh said.
Hodder, currently a shareholder in the firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., is a renowned New Hampshire health care, regulatory and employment attorney who was named Lawyer of the Year – 2013 for Health Care Law by her peers, according to Best Lawyers® and she has been included as a Best Lawyer since 2006. She currently chairs the firm's Healthcare Practice Group. She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1986, her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce Law Center. Hodder served as a New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General from 1993 through 1997.
"Lucy Hodder is a dedicated advocate on behalf of the people of New Hampshire, and I am proud to have her serve as my legal counsel," said Governor-Elect Hassan. "Lucy's unmatched level of expertise on many of our state's most pressing priorities will help us address our challenges to keep New Hampshire moving forward."
"I am honored to serve as Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan's legal counsel at this critical time in our history," said Hodder. "I have a deep respect for Maggie Hassan and look forward to bringing my years of legal experience to her team and dedicating my time and energy to the people of New Hampshire."
As Hassan works to build her administration's staff, she is receiving support and counsel from her Office Administration team, which consists of Alice Chamberlin, former Special Assistant to Governor Lynch for natural resources, energy and transportation policy; Jennifer Frizzell, former Senate Policy Director and adviser to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Steve Gordon, an attorney and director at Shaheen & Gordon; and Michael Vlacich, former Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and state director for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire's priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her "Innovate NH" jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.