Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold has appointed Maureen Shea to head the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations in Washington, DC. The announcement comes after an extensive search in which over 80 applications were reviewed. Griswold met with Shea on May 8 and noted that she is a "person wise in the ways of Washington." She replaces Tom Hart, who departed as director of the office in February.
Shea is well known to church government offices in Washington, having served as a Special Assistant to the President from 1997-2001 responsible for relations with the religious community. "Throughout my career, I have enjoyed the opportunity of working in a bipartisan fashion," she said. "I look forward to continuing that work with the excellent staff in Washington and to adding my voice to the respected and important witness of the faith community."
Shea's past work includes women's issues, health care, voting rights, and campaign finance reform.
She is a long time member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill and holds a political science degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.
"I am delighted with the outcome of the search process," said the Rev. Brian Grieves, director of Peace and Justice Ministries at the Church Center. "We had a wealth of talent apply for this position representing a broad spectrum of our church. We met many talented Episcopalians along the way. We interviewed nine and could have interviewed twice that number, the pool was that deep. I wish we could have hired them all. Maureen will be a blessing for the work as she joins a very talented and able staff."
Grieves, along with the Rev. Richard Parkins (director of Episcopal Migration Ministries), Margaret Larom (World Mission Interpretation and Networks Officer) and Vivian Harrison (human resource manager), served as the search committee.