The incoming Hochul administration's staff will be led by a veteran of Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand's U.S. Senate offices, her transition team on Monday announced.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is turning to Karen Persichilli to serve as secretary to the governor, a title that is equivalent to the chief of staff for a chief executive. She has also hired Elizabeth Fine to serve as counsel to the governor.
Both women will lead the new administration as Hochul is set to take office on Tuesday.
“Karen Persichilli Keogh and Elizabeth Fine bring the depth of knowledge, leadership,and experience that it will take to meet the challenges New Yorkers face,” Hochul said. "As Governor, I will assemble a strong team to turn the corner on the pandemic and serve the best interests of New York, whether it's defeating COVID, getting more people vaccinated, or strengthening our economy."
Keogh, a Long Island native, has most recently worked as the head of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Fine is the executive vice president and general counsel for the Empire State Development Agency, the economic development arm of state government.