Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Mary Ellen Wiederwohl as chief of strategic initiatives on Thursday.

The position will focus on integrating policy, improving local, state and federal governments relations and communicating them into the city’s long-term plan. Wiederwohl, 38, will be paid $113,000 annually and will also serve as Fischer's deputy to chief of staff.

“Mary Ellen has a deep knowledge of both government and the private sector,” Fischer said in a news release. “Her expertise in education, health care, government relations, public policy and communications will help our team accelerate our goals for the city.”

Wiederwohl is a Meade County native who had extensive background in government, such as working for former Democratic state Sen. David Karem during his tenure as the majority leader.

She is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville and the Bingham Fellows.

“I am excited to be joining Louisville Metro Government at a time of boundless opportunity for our city. I look forward to drawing upon my experience and relationships to help grow our local economy and continue to improve the lives of all Louisvillians,” said Wiederwohl.

Wiederwohl starts in her new role on July 16.