Kathleen Frangione will serve as Gov. Phil Murphy’s acting chief of staff while the governor searches for a permanent replacement for Peter Cammarano.
Cammarano is due to leave on Friday.
Frangione, a former top aide to U.S. Senator John Kerry, currently serves as Murphy’s chief policy advisor. She asked not to be considered for the post on a permanent basis.
She was a legislative staffer in Kerry’s Senate office, and then a senior policy advisor on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She left Kerry in 2010 to become Executive Vice President of Signal Group Consulting, a government relations and public affairs firm with an impressive book of business. She is a graduate of Harvard College and received her M.A. in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale.
Frangione had a temporary assignment earlier this year when she served as acting Commissioner of Environmental Protection when Catherine McCabe was out of the country for a month on personal business.
Murphy has been mulling chief of staff candidates for more than a month since Cammarano announced that he would step down after the State of the State address.