Pelton Names Grainger Senior Executive Assistant

Kristen Grainger has been named Senior Executive Assistant to Willamette University President Lee Pelton, effective November 11.

For the past six years, Grainger worked as executive assistant to Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers. In this post she served as Chief of Staff, primary spokesperson and political advisor for the Oregon Department of Justice and served as the Department's policy leader on issues of particular interest to the Attorney General.

She is currently on a leave of absence from the Department of Justice to serve as communications director for the Ted Kulongoski gubernatorial campaign.

Prior to her work in the Attorney General's Office, Grainger was president and co-owner of a Salem-based government relations firm, Grainger & Tresidder, Inc.

A graduate of the University of Washington, she has worked as a public information officer for the Oregon School Boards Association and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in Seattle. In 1989 she was one of the recipients of The Oregonian's Young Writers Fiction Prize.

Grainger replaces Gary Cordova who left in May to take a position as vice president for institutional advancement at Chaminade University of Honolulu.