Governor-elect Gina M. Raimondo has picked Stephen S. Neuman, director of public affairs for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as her chief of staff.
“I am excited to have Steve help lead my team as we work to move Rhode Island forward," Raimondo said in a statement. “His experience working for governors in Maryland, North Carolina and Missouri will be invaluable as we work to find new and creative solutions here.”
Neuman's start date is January 6 -- the date of Raimondo's inauguration -- although her transition team say he will start aiding the governor-elect before that.
In a statement provided by Raimondo's transition team. O'Malley said, “Steve was a key part of the team as we increased the minimum wage to $10.10; passed the EARN workforce development initiative; and enacted the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act to support 57,000 jobs by building roads, bridges, and transit projects. We appreciate his service to the citizens of Maryland, and wish him the best as he helps Governor-elect Raimondo achieve results for middle class families in Rhode Island.”
As director of public affairs for O'Malley, Neuman's duties included supervising various strategic policy and communications efforts and managing various day-to-day operations and administration of the office. He also serves as the chief liaison to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic, among other agencies.
Neuman's Twitter profile describes him as avid Tigers/Cardinals fan and an "acute sufferer of middle child syndrome."
Neuman previously worked for North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue and was a lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Former Bruce Sundlun aide Barbara Cottam was among those considered as chief of staff for Raimondo.