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September 10, 2020
Washington State Department of Commerce director Lisa Brown announced Jaime Smith has been named its new communications director. Smith is joining the department ahead of current communications director Barbara Dunn's impending retirement. Smith has nearly 20 years of communications, outreach and policy experience, much of it in state government. She recently served as Gov. Jay Inslee's executive director of communications and external affairs. She left briefly to start her own communications firm, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought her back into state government, where she served as director of the state's COVID-19 joint information center at Camp Murray. Smith's earlier work includes legislative assistant and policy analyst and communications specialist for several members of the Washington State House of Representatives.