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Attorney General Bob Ferguson names new deputy communications director
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the hiring of Alison Dempsey-Hall as Deputy Communications Director.
“Alison brings a passion for law and the protection it provides Washingtonians,” said Ferguson. “This makes her a natural fit for the work we do here at the Attorney General’s office. I am excited for her to apply her broad skill set including public relations, communications and public policy analysis for the benefit of Washington residents.”
Most recently, Dempsey-Hall fulfilled a hybrid role of communications specialist and public policy analyst for the Washington State Senate. In that capacity, she counseled senators on complex policy initiatives and carried out executive-level internal and external communication efforts. Through this hands-on work, she developed an expert understanding of the legislative and legal process.
“The Attorney General’s Office makes a difference for the people of Washington every day,” Dempsey-Hall said. “I look forward to helping Attorney General Ferguson fulfill his mission to protect people from fraud and scams, to support veterans and to protect the environment.”
Dempsey-Hall will lead communication efforts on issues including consumer protection, criminal justice, and antitrust.
Through her role as communications specialist for the Washington State Senate, she served as the lead for landmark laws and court decisions including the law to combat child escort ads on Backpage.com, the K-12 McCleary Supreme Court decision and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. As a public policy analyst, she researched and helped draft and enact public policy.
As a marketing and membership manager at the Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce, Dempsey-Hall led community engagement and outreach efforts. She also collaborated with diverse stakeholder groups including local government, higher education and the community to ensure mutually beneficial results such as the Downtown Bothell Revitalization Project.
Dempsey-Hall spent two years as a business English teacher in Prague, Czech Republic and Venice, Italy.
Dempsey-Hall earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University, with a focus on public policy. She received her undergraduate degree in International Business with minor in Management from Washington State University.