Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili announced today that Adrienne King has been named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, effective August 1. King will take over from Caucus Communications Director and Interim Chief of Staff David Mitchell after the departure of Olin Valby last week.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Adrienne to the team,” said Meili. “She brings a wealth of experience, solid political judgment and an unwavering commitment to putting people first. I also want to thank my longtime friend Olin Valby for all his work over the past year and the solid foundation he has laid for our success in 2020.”
King brings eight years of experience working for the Alberta NDP caucus and government. She served as the lead political staffer to two leaders, Brian Mason and Rachel Notley, and was chief of staff at that party’s historic victory in the 2015 election. Her roles in opposition included Chief of Staff to Rachel Notley, Principal Secretary to Brian Mason and Director of Communications and Research. In recent years she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier and Chief of Staff in the Ministries of Economic Development and Trade and Children’s Services.
“I’ve worked for great Opposition Leaders before and helped them build the team capable of forming government,” said King. “I see so much opportunity for Ryan Meili and the Saskatchewan NDP, and I can’t wait to get to work building towards a progressive Saskatchewan NDP government that puts the people of this province first.”