Jeff Padwa, the chief of staff for general treasurer Seth Magaziner, is headed back to the private sector.
Padwa is joining the politically well known firm of Darrow Everett as a partner.
Padwa, long active as a Democrat in state politics, previously served as city solicitor during Angel Taveras' term as Providence mayor, and he had previously been considered a possible future candidate for attorney general. He tells RIPR that he won't be a candidate in 2018, and feels returning to private practice is the best move for him in the short term.
“After nearly six years of public service it is time for me to return to the private practice of law,” Padwa said in a statement. “It has been an honor to work with Treasurer Magaziner and such a talented and effective group of colleagues at the Rhode Island Treasury. Treasurer Magaziner is a thoughtful and energetic leader with a bright future. I will continue to support him wholeheartedly in all of his future endeavors.”
Deputy Treasurer Patrick Marr, who also serves as chief operating officer in Magaziner's office, will succeed Padwa as chief of staff.
“Patrick Marr has a long track record of success at Treasury,” said Magaziner. “I have full confidence in his ability to continue moving our office forward as Chief of Staff. I thank Jeff for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors. Jeff played an instrumental role in my administration’s early achievements to help reach a negotiated settlement to the state’s pension reform, make Rhode Island Treasury one of the most transparent in the nation, and pursue lawsuits against fossil fuel companies that harm investors and cause environmental damage.”
Magaziner also appointed of Amy Crane as general counsel, and Lisa Churchville as chief operating officer.
According to a statement, "Crane has served as Treasury’s Deputy General Counsel since January 2015. She previously served as the Senior Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence and regularly represented the city before the Superior Court. Churchville has served as the Director of the Rhode Island CollegeBoundfund since January 2016. She is the former President and General Manager of NBC-10 and has served on the boards of The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Women & Infants Hospital and Bryant University."
Padwa joined Magaziner's team as deputy treasurer/legal counsel when the first-time candidate took office in January 2015. The East Side resident became chief of staff when Andrew Roos left for a private sector job.
A graduate of Emory University and Suffolk University Law School, Padwa has served as treasurer of the state Democratic Party. He co-chaired President Obama's 2008 Rhode Island campaign with the late Joseph Fernandez.
Padwa previously had a private legal practice focused on issues of elder safety.