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A highly-skilled administrator, policymaker, and crisis communications expert, with a proven track record of working collaboratively with external and internal stakeholders to drive impact, Lester served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Baltimore’s 51st Mayor.
In the Mayor’s office, Lester’s portfolio included more than a half-dozen City agencies that had a combined budget of more than $48 million that collectively generated more than $300 million in economic impact for the City of Baltimore.
Prior to the Mayor’s office, Lester served for nearly a decade as a top staffer to Baltimore’s City Council President where he spearheaded the Council’s push to reform policing in Baltimore by implementing a body-worn camera program and a call for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the patterns and practices of the Baltimore Police Department.
A former newspaper reporter, Lester has written extensively for a number of Pulitzer Prize-winning publications, like The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Palm Beach Post.
Lester also served as a communications staffer for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.