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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Appoints Three Experienced Professionals to Help Advance His Top Priorities

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced the appointment of three experienced professionals, two in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) and one in a cabinet agency. Sheila Bunn has been named Deputy Chief of Staff; Pedro Ribeiro, as Director of Communications ; and Dr. Linda Wharton Boyd, as Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning and Communications to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Director of the DC Department of Health (DOH).

These new staffers will strengthen Mayor Gray’s team in its ability to advance his four priorities: quality education, job creation and economic development, fiscal stability, and safe communities.

“Sheila Bunn, Pedro Ribeiro, and Linda Wharton Boyd bring solid and relevant experience and expertise to their respective positions,” said Mayor Gray. “They understand the goals of my Administration and I am confident in their abilities to implement strategies and programs to carry out my vision of ‘One City.’”

For the past five years, Bunn has served as Chief of Staff in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). There, Bunn developed and implemented all policy objectives, strategies, and operations in Congresswoman Norton’s office and managed the office’s $1.5 million budget. Prior to her tenure as Chief of Staff, Bunn served, first as Ms. Norton’s executive assistant and scheduler and later as the director of the Congresswoman’s two Congressional District Offices .

As Deputy Chief of Staff, Bunn will work closely with various community groups and civic organizations, among other duties.

Bunn received her undergraduate degree from The American University in foreign language and communication media and a MSA in organizational management & development at Trinity University. She is a native Washingtonian, residing in Ward 8.

Ribeiro comes to the District government from the office of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. On Capitol Hill, Ribeiro developed and implemented communications strategies. Prior to this position, he served as Press Secretary to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). 

As Communications Director, Ribeiro will manage all communications outreach for the Executive Office of the Mayor and develop and implement communications strategies that will ensure that the Mayor’s message gets out to the press and to diverse constituencies.

Ribeiro earned his B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America and is a resident of Ward One.

Dr. Boyd, who has served as the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the Mayor since the beginning of the Gray Administration, will begin her new DOH appointment in January. In her role of Communications Director, Dr. Boyd steered the administration through a challenging year and is credited with establishing the EOM Office of Communications, maintaining media relations, organizing city-wide PIO network, implementing social media strategies, developing information campaigns, and providing media training for cabinet members and government communications personnel. In her new role, Dr. Boyd will work to aggressively push forward the Mayor’s health agenda through various high-profile special projects. She has a strong background in numerous health-related subject matters, including mental health.

Boyd, a Ward 4 resident, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications from the University of Pittsburgh. She also studied aboard and is a graduate of the College of Professional Studies at George Washington University where she received her certification in Municipal Management.