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Mayor Names Wiederwohl Chief of Strategic Initiatives

Thursday June 28, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer today named Mary Ellen Wiederwohl as Chief of Strategic Initiatives for the city of Louisville.

Wiederwohl, who has spent most of her career around state and local government, will focus on integrating policy, federal/state/local government relations and communications into the city’s long-term plan and strategic initiatives. She will also serve as a deputy to Chief of Staff Ellen Hesen.

“Mary Ellen has a deep knowledge of both government and the private sector,” Fischer said. “Her expertise in education, health care, government relations, public policy and communications will help our team accelerate our goals for the city.”

Wiederwohl most recently was assistant director for MML&K Government Solutions in Frankfort where she advised numerous business and non-profit entities on strategic planning, public affairs, grassroots organization and communications. MML&K Government Solutions is a division of the law firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland PLLC.

“I am excited to be joining Louisville Metro Government at a time of boundless opportunity for our city. I look forward to drawing upon my experience and relationships to help grow our local economy and continue to improve the lives of all Louisvillians,” she said.

Wiederwohl has extensive experience in government, having worked for David Karem during his tenure as the majority leader of the Kentucky State Senate and later as the director of legislative and public relations for the Education Professional Standards Board, Kentucky’s teacher preparation and certification agency.

A native of Meade County, Wiederwohl has broad roots in Louisville’s business, cultural and arts community. She serves on the board of the Louisville Orchestra and is a Past President of the Junior League of Louisville. Mary Ellen is a graduate of Leadership Louisville and the Bingham Fellows and volunteers her time with several local and statewide philanthropic and civic endeavors. Her involvement and leadership has gained her recognitions from several local organizations and publications.

“Over the years, I have dedicated myself to many good causes, and I am eager to be return to full-time public service,” Wiederwohl said.

She was a member of Mayor Fischer’s transition team in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a major in music and minor in political science. Wiederwohl starts in her new role on July 16.