This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments - May 5, 2014


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretariat of Commerce and Trade

George Stewart, Special Assistant

George Stewart served as a confidential assistant to Chief of Staff designee Paul Reagan and Secretary of the Commonwealth designee Levar Stoney on Governor-elect McAuliffe’s transition team.  Prior to that, Stewart served as Special Assistant to Governor McAuliffe during his campaign.  Stewart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics. 

Secretariat Public Safety

 Jeffrey D. Stern, State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Jeffrey Stern has over 25 years of local and federal government experience as an emergency manager and first responder, having been a firefighter, paramedic, and battalion chief, leading hazmat, technical, and swiftwater rescue teams with fire departments in Virginia, Maryland, and Colorado.  He served in leadership roles as Director of the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System and in the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management, and helped lead teams in response to Hurricanes Charley and Katrina and the Haitian earthquake.  Stern was also the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and he teaches disaster management at Georgetown University. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary, his MPA from the American University School of Public Affairs, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy.  He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers, a member of the InterAgency Board, and is a Senior Fellow with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute.