Jess Smith
Jess Smith

Jess Smith, who was managing director of operations in Burson-Marsteller's public affairs & crisis group, is now chief of staff for Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.

Most recently, Smith was chief operating officer at J Street, where she managed a more than 70-person staff dedicated to finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Earlier, Smith worked in the Obama administration as director of external affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Superstorm Sandy and senior spokesperson at the Justice Dept.

She also was communications director for Virginia Senator Jim Webb.

Bennet expects Smith's extensive experience in management, communications and public service will benefit his team and the people of Colorado.