Sophie Dagenais, a partner in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr, has been named Chief of Staff to the City's incoming mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who will take office Thursday.

Ms. Dagenais is well known for her work in public finance and transactional law and for her involvement in an array of business and civic causes. She is a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Center's Advisory Board and served on the Transportation Committee of the Transition Team for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

"I am very excited to name Sophie Dagenais as my Chief of Staff," Ms. Rawlings-Blake said. "She brings a wealth of experience and leadership ability that will help my administration make Baltimore better, safer, and stronger. Sophie is a highly regarded professional who has always shown a sincere commitment to improving the City."

"The mayor has an aggressive and progressive agenda that I deeply support," Ms. Dagenais said. "I love the City of Baltimore, and I want to help shape its future. I consider it a privilege to serve Mayor Rawlings-Blake and my fellow citizens. These are complex times, and I look forward to the challenge."

Ms. Dagenais rejoined Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office as a partner in August 2008, having left the firm four years earlier to work in real estate investment banking. A native of Quebec, Ms. Dagenais is a graduate of Collège Jean-De-Brébeuf and McGill University Faculty of Law.

She has lived and worked in Baltimore for more than 20 years and has served on the boards of Park Heights Renaissance, Live Baltimore, the Parks & People Foundation, and Arabber Heritage.

"I have known Sophie throughout her career. She will do an outstanding job, and I am delighted that she has agreed to devote her talent, experience, and enthusiasm to the City and metropolitan area and to assist our new mayor in addressing the challenges the City faces," said Raymond G. Truitt, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office. "We will miss her and wish her the very best."

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