Office of Communications and Government Affairs

What We Do

The Office of Communications is responsible for all internal and external communications for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. This includes media relations, government relations, web services and the Victim/Witness Notification Program.

After hours media team duty schedule


Media Relations         
Adolfo Capestany
Senior Director
(360) 878-1240
Norah West
Assistant Director
Primary area: Economic Services Administration
(360) 489-5587
Cynthia Shipley
Media Relations Manager
Primary area: Developmental Disabilities Administration
(564) 200-3442
Jessica Nelson
Media Relations Manager
Primary areas: Aging and Long-Term Support Administration &
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
(360) 688-3718
Tyler Hemstreet
Media Relations Manager
Primary area: Behavioral Health Administration
(564) 201-0027
Internal Communications
Dean Pertner
Internal Communications Manager
(564) 201-0033