First Lady Ann McCrory has appointed Kristen Fields to the position chief of staff, replacing Heather Dickson who has accepted a position with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
"We are excited and thankful to bring Kristen aboard,'' the First Lady said in a statement. "She is a positive and driven teammate and leader. She is honored to continue to serve our state and is dedicated to my key initiatives, along with the governor's.''
Fields has worked in the governor's office since January, where she was new media director. She also worked in McCrory's transition and during last year's campaign was director of North Carolina Women for Mitt. Fields is also the girlfriend of Patrick Sebastian, the governor's nephew.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fields is 28 and will make $60,000 per year, or $10,000 less than her predecessor.
She will help the First Lady's initiatives including advocacy for domestic violence awareness, helping military families, and pursuing legislation to make sure that dogs are treated fairly.