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April 16, 2019

Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Hires University Director of Public Affairs as Communications Director

Marielle Sainvilus was hired by the Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot as the Communications Director

Marielle Sainvilus was hired by the Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot as the Communications Director

Courtesy of University of Chicago

Marielle Sainvilus, University of Chicago director of public affairs, will be the communications director for mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s transition team preceding her May 20 inauguration, according to POLITICO and the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Marielle’s strategic skills and extensive communications and public engagement experience in both the public and private sectors will be invaluable as we prepare to lead the City of Chicago,” Lightfoot said in a press release announcing the transition team.

The release says that Lightfoot’s previous communications director, Nadia Perl, has left “to pursue other career opportunities.”

As director of public affairs, Sainvilus serves as a University spokesperson, works with other departments to develop communications strategies, and manages sensitive PR situations.

Sainvilus was the press secretary for the Chicago Public Schools before joining the News Office at UChicago. She previously served as communications director at the Illinois Department of Human Services, and assistant press secretary in the Office of the Governor of Illinois.

As of Tuesday night, the University had not responded to a request for comment.

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