Senator-Elect John Fetterman announced the selection of a Chief of Staff and a State Director in a Friday press release.
Adam Jentleson, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada), will serve as Chief of Staff, while Joe Pierce, the political director for Senator Bob Casey Jr.‘s 2018 campaign, will take over as State Director.
“Joe and Adam are the best in their fields and I am honored that they have both accepted key staff positions for my office,” said Fetterman. “It will be invaluable to have a veteran of the Senate and a veteran of state politics in these key positions as we serve the people of Pennsylvania. Between Adam’s deep understanding of the Senate and Joe’s wealth of knowledge and experience serving the people of our commonwealth, I am confident that my office will be ready to fight and deliver for the people of Pennsylvania on day one.”
Jentleson, who has nearly 20 years of experience in politics and advocacy, co-chaired the Fetterman transition. Earlier in his career, he worked on the presidential campaigns of Senators John Kerry and John Edwards. In the nonprofit sector, Jentleson managed teams at the Center for American Progress and CAP Action Fund. In 2017 he helped found the nonprofit advocacy watchdog Democracy Forward and in 2021 co-founded the nonprofit strategy organization Battle Born Collective. Jentleson is the author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy, and is often cited in the media as an expert source on Senate history, procedure and strategy.
Pierce, who has over 15 years of experience, will join the Senate office after most recently working as statewide political director for the Fetterman campaign. He served as director of government relations and advocacy for the Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, Mental Health Partnerships. Pierce was also campaign manager for City Councilmember At-Large Derek Green’s successful bid for re-election in 2019. Before moving to Philadelphia over a decade ago, he was a staffer in the Florida Senate and worked on a statewide gubernatorial race in the same state. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in public administration both from his alma mater of Florida A&M University.
More staff announcements will be made in the coming weeks.