This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
School District of Philadelphia Director of External Relations Kevin Geary has left his post, effective immediately.
He had been responsible for relations with the media and elected officials, as well as other District stakeholders and the public at large.
Superintendent William Hite sent an email to District staff on Friday, saying that Geary “has resigned to pursue other opportunities.” He named his chief of staff, Naomi Wyatt, as the interim chief.
“I want to thank him for his many contributions to our work,” Hite’s email said. Geary had been in the position for two years.
Before joining the District, Geary had worked as a political consultant and as the communications director for a California congresswoman. He also was communications director for Entercom, a radio broadcasting company.
In an interview Sunday, Geary, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Joseph’s University, said he had several “exciting” opportunities to pursue in the political arena and said he was happy to have been part of publicizing “all the great things happening in Philadelphia public schools.” He said he was especially proud of helping to secure additional funding for the District from the state during the time he was there.
According to Hite’s email, Evelyn Sample-Oates will handle relations with City Council, and District spokesman Lee Whack will be the lead person on press inquiries. Wyatt will handle relations with the state and federal governments.