U.S. Sen. Doug Jones has appointed four Alabama natives to lead his staff, including an African-American to be his chief of staff.
Dana Gresham is only the second African-American chief of staff in the Senate’s Democratic caucus. Gresham, who graduated in 1989 from A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, also served as chief of staff to former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis.
During his 22 years working in the federal government, he also served as assistant secretary for governmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Transportation, under President Obama, and has worked for several other congressmen. Most recently, he has worked in the private sector as a consultant for Federal City Council.
Jones appointed Sonceria Ann Bishop-Berry as his transition adviser. She graduated from J.H. Phillips High School in Birmingham and went to Washington to work for the late Sen. Howell Heflin in 1979. Since his retirement, she has worked for several other senators.
Mark Libell has been named legislative director for Jones. Libell is a native of Florence and previously served as legislative director to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia. Since Rockefeller’s retirement in 2014, Libell has worked for another senator, a representative and the Federal Reserve Board.
Jones appointed Katie Campbell as deputy legislative director. The Montevallo native has worked for senators and representatives, most recently handling health policy for Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, and serving as the policy director for the Blue Dog Coalition.