Lightfoot names new communications director

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named Michael Crowley as her new communications director.

In a statement issued Thursday night, that mayor’s officer said, “Crowley is a veteran communications and operations expert, bringing over ten years of management experience to a key role on the Mayor’s senior team.”

Crowley is currently chief of staff for After School Matters.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve this city and work for this Mayor, someone who is committed to taking on the tough challenges facing the city I love,” Crowley said in the statement. “Working to create opportunity for our youth and neighborhoods across Chicago has shaped my views and values, and I look forward to leveraging my experience to further empower our communities.”

Earlier Thursday,  the mayor’s current communications director, Marielle Sainvilus, resigned

Sainvilus told WGN she always planned to leave the administration once it got up and running, and wanted to be around for the first 100 days.

The mayor’s press secretary thanked Sainvilus for her service, and wished her the best.

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