Fenty Names New Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Adrian M. Fenty appointed Valerie Santos to serve as his deputy for planning and economic development.

Santos, who had served as chief operating officer in the deputy mayor's office, replaces Neil Albert, who was promoted to city administrator. The appointment was announced Wednesday.

Fenty has been reorganizing the top ranks of his administration after President Barack Obama tapped City Administrator Dan Tangherlini for a post in the Treasury Department.

Santos will oversee billions of dollars worth of development across the city. Before joining the D.C. government, she was vice president of the firm Jones Lang LaSalle and held posts with other real estate groups.

Santos earned an MBA and a master's in public policy at Harvard University.

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