a physician whose chief of staff in his prior role

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Does "whose chief of staff in his prior role" mean "Don J. Wright's chief of staff, this chief of staff had a prior role"? Oops! It is simple yet a mess for me.


Thanks in advance
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Don J. Wright, the acting secretary, is a physician whose chief of staff in his prior role has advocated for abstinence-based sex education, and who women’s groups have assailed for overseeing cuts to programs that fund contraceptive care.

-Scientific American

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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The physician Don J. Wright's chief of staff advocated (= was in favour of) abstinence-based sex education when in a prior role (= in the past, when he was doing a different job from his current one).
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    It is possible to read it as the chief of staff when Don J Wright was in a prior role, especially if we were to find out the chief of staff is not a "he."
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It is possible to read it as the chief of staff when Don J Wright was in a prior role, especially if we were to find out the chief of staff is not a "he."
    Yes, sorry. I'm sure you're right. I'm not au fait with US government posts, but no doubt someone will soon confirm who was meant.
     
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