Jess King Named Chief of Staff

Mayor Sorace is pleased to announce the appointment of Jess King as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Lancaster.

King lives in southeast Lancaster City with her husband and two daughters. She was most recently a candidate for congress in Pennsylvania’s 11th District, after serving as Executive Director of ASSETS from 2010 to 2018. She brings two decades of expertise in affordable housing and economic development, as well as a commitment to equity, opportunity, and public service for the good of others.

“A commitment to the well-being of the City, its staff and residents, is essential to the role of Chief of Staff. I have no doubts that Jess shares in this commitment, as I’ve known Jess for nearly ten years: as leaders of non-profit groups working in the City, as moms of daughters who attend the same school, and as women running for public office for the very first time,” said Mayor Sorace.

King graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, and went on to earn an MBA from Bard college. She was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 and has received Lancaster’s Ethics in Business Award, the Red Rose Award, and the Friend of Workforce Award and Baldwin Fellowship. 

As Chief of Staff, King will serve as an advisor, work to move the City’s strategic plan forward, support the Executive Leadership Team, and oversee communications. King begins her appointment on March 18.