RELEASE: Wes Moore for Maryland Campaign Announces Key Hires

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Nov. 9, 2021
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Wes Moore for Maryland Campaign Announces Key Hires

Campaign announces dynamic leaders with deep ties to Maryland in key leadership roles around strategy, operations, and communications

In recent weeks, the Wes Moore for Maryland Governor campaign continues to tap top talent to help with its historic run in a crowded Democratic primary

BALTIMORE (Nov. 9, 2021) – In recent weeks, the Wes Moore campaign for Maryland Governor has onboarded two senior leaders into key roles — most recently hiring Tisha Edwards to serve as the campaign Chief of Staff and Brian Adam Jones to serve as Director of Communications and Senior Advisor.

“I have had the pleasure of working with both Tisha and Brian for years and I am thrilled to continue working alongside them in this movement to create economic opportunity for every family in Maryland,” Wes Moore said. “Tisha’s long and impactful history serving children and families throughout the state of Maryland is profound, and her executive experience will be crucial in the continued buildout of our campaign. Brian is a seasoned and tested communications expert and I have benefited from his talent, thoughtfulness, and tireless service firsthand. I’m grateful for their service and sacrifices as part of their steadfast commitment toward progress.”

Edwards most recently served as Executive Director of the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success. As Chief of Staff, she will be focused on interdepartmental operations, collaboration, and efficacy to uplift the campaign’s vision for economic empowerment for families across the state. Her first day in the role was Nov. 1.

“It is my joy to be able to help lead this campaign,” Edwards said. “We have a historic opportunity to change the trajectories for families across Maryland behind a remarkable leader I have known and worked closely with for years.

Jones, who previously served with Moore as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Robin Hood foundation, began in the role of Director of Communications and Senior Advisor on Oct. 4.

“Wes Moore is a once in a generation leader, and I have been lucky to see his leadership, mentorship, and friendship up close; and I know he will be an incredible Governor for the people of Maryland,” Jones said. “I am excited and honored to be a part of this team fighting to increase economic opportunity for every family in Maryland.”

“We could not be more excited to fill these critical roles with leaders like Tisha Edwards and Brian Jones,” Campaign Manager Ned Miller said. “The Wes Moore for Maryland Governor campaign is building an unparalleled team of talent and experience to match the momentum, vision, and path to victory.”

Edwards has more than 20 years of proven leadership in executive and public management roles creating social impact. Most recently, Edwards launched the newly created Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, which managed the distribution of food, rental and utility assistance through the COVID-19 pandemic, and served as its inaugural executive director. Prior, Edwards was the CEO of BridgeEDU, a social-impact enterprise founded by Moore that helped first generation and first in family students make it to and through college. She previously has served as Chief of Staff to the mayor of Baltimore, Chief of Staff to Baltimore City Public Schools, interim CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, and a public school principal.

Edwards lives in Baltimore City, and holds a Master’s in Social Work and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland.

Jones has more than a decade of dynamic experience in communications and strategy. Prior to joining Moore at the Robin Hood foundation, Jones was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose, which he grew from conception to a nationally renowned voice for the military and veterans community. During Jones’ tenure, the site established itself as a juggernaut in the military and national security space, amassing more than 3 million pageviews per month and publishing original op-eds from then-President Barack Obama and the late Sen. John McCain. Jones previously worked as a writer at Business Insider. He got his start as an enlisted combat correspondent in the United States Marine Corps, where he deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, and was twice named the Marine Corps Print Journalist of the Year.

Jones grew up between Maryland and Harlem, New York; attending Pre-K through 8th grade in public schools in Maryland. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a Political Partner in the Truman National Security Project.

Since launching the Wes Moore for Maryland Governor campaign in June, the campaign has demonstrated remarkable momentum, including earning the endorsements of VoteVetsPAC, one of the top veterans advocacy organizations in the country; Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman; Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando (At Large); Baltimore City Councilmembers Zeke Cohen (District 1); Mark Conway (District 4); James Torrence (District 7); John Bullock (District 9); Phylicia Porter (District 10); Eric Costello (District 11); Odette Ramos (District 14); Sen. Antonio Hayes (District 40); and Delegates Marlon Amprey (District 40), Frank Conaway, Jr. (District 40), Melissa Wells (District 40); and Stephanie Smith (District 45), who is Chair of the Baltimore City Delegation.

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