Today Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced that he has named Laura O’Sullivan as Chief of Staff to the Mayor, starting October 2. O’Sullivan joins the office from the University of Notre Dame, where she most recently served as Director of Athletic Events & Stewardship.

“Laura will be a great addition to our City leadership team. Her extensive experience and success in the South Bend community will ensure a smooth transition within my administration as we continue to create a thriving and inclusive City,” said Buttigieg.   

O’Sullivan previously served as Director of Development and Executive Director of the SMC Foundation at Southwestern Michigan College, as well as the Executive Director for the Northern Indiana March of Dimes. She is a 1993 graduate of Purdue University. She has served as citizen member of the South Bend Common Council Parks and Recreation Committee, Trustee of the South Bend Awesome Fund, member of the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area, and member of the Saint Joseph High School Annual Fund Leadership Committee.

"As a third generation native of South Bend, I am deeply committed to the ongoing revival and continuous improvement of this great city. South Bend not only represents my family's history, but also its future and the prospect of all families in our community. Mayor Buttigieg's administration is dedicated to the betterment of each and every citizen and I am thrilled to help advance this vision, serving the city that I love," said O’Sullivan.

Interim Chief of Staff Angela Kouters will remain in the Mayor’s Office in a part-time capacity focusing on strategic planning and operations.