Two of Gov. Martin O'Malley's top aides will leave the administration, part of a wave of departures that began last fall as the governor enters his waning year in office and contemplates a future presidential bid.
Strategic Communications Director Teddy Davis, hired to the newly created post in January to deal with the national media, has left his job to accept a fellowship at the University of Southern California. Friday was his last day.
Long-time O'Malley aide Takirra Winfield, who most recently served as press secretary, accepted a job on the national communications staff of Teach for America. She will leave her post on Sept. 9.
Within the past year, O'Malley's political adviser, chief of staff, two chief legislative officers, his speech writer and communications director have left their posts, in addition to the two departures announced Friday.
Winfield, whose father George L. Winfield worked for O'Malley's mayor office, said the governor has been a family friend since she was a teenager and she leaves his employ with a heavy heart.
"It has been an honor to work with him for nearly six years serving the people of Maryland, and there are no words that can adequately describe how grateful I am to the governor and my colleagues in the administration."