Tene Dolphin, Dan Tangherlini
Announcement of appointments
November 8, 2006
Chief of Staff
With more than 10 years of management experience, Tene Dolphin, 34, will serve as chief of staff for Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty's incoming administration. Her experience ranges from project and operations management to professional event coordination to educator.
During Fenty's energetic grassroots run for mayor, Dolphin served as chief operations manager for the Fenty campaign,
where she was responsible for the day-to-day campaign activities of the office staff and volunteers.
Before joining the Fenty management team, she worked in several business management and communications positions including as director of administration and operations at Westin Rinehart, a leading strategic communications consulting firm, and as business manager for Washington-based trade association Vinyl Siding Institute.
Her campaign experience was honed during the 2004 presidential campaign cycle, where she served as director of special projects for the Democratic National Committee. There she was responsible for implementing emergency plans, organizing travel for 400 staffers being deployed to surrogate operations around the nation, as well as conducting training on campaign procedures.
Dolphin also served as an educator for several years in Maryland's Prince Georges County. With revamping the city's school system at the top of Fenty's priorities, Tene's experience as a third grade teacher will bring additional insight and perspective to the mayor's office.
Dolphin graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor of science in psychology. Later, she received her graduate degree in psychology from the same university.
She has always remained an active humanitarian, volunteering for several organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Negro College Fund, and the National Council of Negro Women to name a few. Originally from Philadelphia, Dolphin now resides in Arboretum neighborhood of Washington.