Shapiro Announces Top Staff Members

Josh ShapiroLast week, Josh Shapiro unveiled his Executive Deputy AGs. This week, it’s his senior staff.

Joe Radosevich will be Chief of Staff while Ken Topping will assume the new position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Diversity Officer.

Another new job is Director of Policy & Planning, which goes to David Wade.

Meanwhile, former State Rep. Mike Vereb will be Director of Government Affairs.

Finally, Dana Fritz is set to be Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Joe Grace will serve as Director of Communications.

“I’m proud to announce my executive staff today, adding to the previous appointments we’ve made to key leadership roles in my administration,” Shapiro said. “This executive team has deep experience and the drive we need to serve the people’s priorities and ensure the health, rights and safety of all Pennsylvanians are protected every day.”

“With each series of appointments, we’re building the talented, diverse, bipartisan team that will work to protect Pennsylvanians’ rights,” Shapiro concluded. “Whether the criminal is on the street corner on in the board room, we need a team focused on safeguarding Pennsylvanians’ health and safety. I can’t wait to get started and work with the entire staff of the Office of Attorney General.”

Shapiro’s office provided the following bios for the appointees:

Radosevich, who served Senator Klobuchar as a senior adviser and special assistant, planning and executing the Senator’s public schedule across Minnesota, came to Pennsylvania in 2015 to direct the Montgomery County Democrats’ first-ever sweep of county row offices. In 2016, Radosevich served as campaign manager of Shapiro for Pennsylvania, an effort that saw Shapiro earn more than 3 million votes statewide, outpacing all other candidates.

Topping previously served as director and regional planning coordinator for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, where he led the development and execution of Homeland Security programs. Topping also served as consultant to the CEO of the Public Health Management Corporation, advising PHMC on an array of organizational and management issues. Topping is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He will serve OAG as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Diversity Officer, a new position that Attorney General-Elect Shapiro is creating to fulfill a promise to make the office more diverse.

Wade is a policy and public affairs professional who has managed advocacy campaigns for corporate and non-profit clients. From 2009 through 2011, Wade served in the Obama White House in a variety of policy and communications roles, including helping to vet potential nominees to the Supreme Court. In 2016, Wade served as Senior Adviser and Issues Director of Shapiro for Pennsylvania. At OAG, Wade will take on the new position of Director of Policy and Planning.

Vereb is a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House. Vereb served five terms representing Montgomery County’s 150th District, and formerly served as a police officer in West Conshohocken and in corporate security for the Comcast Corporation. Vereb will be OAG’s Director of Government Affairs.

Fritz served as deputy manager of Shapiro’s successful campaign for Attorney General, and also served on the bid committee that successfully secured the Democratic National Convention for Philadelphia last year. Fritz will serve as Special Assistant to the Attorney General.

Grace is an attorney and non-profit advocate who served previously as communications director for the City of Philadelphia, executive director of CeasefirePA, and vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Grace also served as special assistant district attorney and spokesman for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. He will lead OAG’s communications office.

13 Responses

  1. Sklaroff you are such a bootlicker. It’s worth noting that nobody cares what they were doing 10 years ago. It only matters what they were doing together a little over two years ago and for the whole year during the election. And that was working together to make sure Josh got re elected to County.

  2. Noting that “former State Rep. Mike Vereb will be Director of Government Affairs,” it is desirable to recall that – perhaps a half-decade ago – they collaborated on legislation regarding some facet of criminal justice reform; details are forgotten, but it explicitly was raised during Vereb’s town-hall held @ Ursinus.

  3. Will Robert Graci get hired before he gets indicted at the judicial watchdog agency where he protects guilty judges?

  4. What this article fails to mention is that Vereb is the former chair of Montco’s GOP, and that this looks like quid pro quo for getting his GOP troops to stand down and sit on the sidelines when Shapiro ran for county commissioner in 2015. Being a turncoat is apparently richly rewarding.

  5. When the former head of MCRC gets a job on Shapiro’s executive staff, is it only bi-partisanship or is it a thank you for his support?

  6. Everyone, I am deeply concerned about a patient of mine. He stopped coming his sessions and taking his antipsychotics to start saving for deposits into Kane’s commissary. Please help me bring him back to lucidity.

  7. Will Shapiro and his staff be working for the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or just for Montgomery County and Philadelphia?

  8. “In 2016, Radosevich served as campaign manager of Shapiro for Pennsylvania, an effort that saw Shapiro earn more than 3 million votes statewide, outpacing all other candidates.”

    Josh 2016 Votes: 3,057,010

    Kane 2012 Votes: 3,125,557

  9. “With each series of appointments, we’re building the talented, diverse, bipartisan team that will work to protect Pennsylvanians’ rights”

    Except the rights we don’t like, even if they are protected by the US and PA Constitutions.

    “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be questioned”- Time to read up on that Shapiro!

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