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Weekly Lobbying News Round-up

Friday, May 20th, 2011 by Vbhotla

There were lots of K Street moves and changes this week.

Perhaps the biggest of these was the formation of a new Democratic firm: Democracy Partners.  The firm will handle political messaging, campaign planning and management, field programs, television and radio advertising, earned media, direct mail, website development, new media, research, nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, issue campaigns, voter registration drives, labor union campaigns, fundraising, grass-tops advocacy, staff recruitment and development, organizer training, phone operations, community organizing and voter contact programs, according to Politico.

Additionally, Edelman acquired Lombardo Consulting Group, and Steve Lombardo will serve as Global CEO of StrategyOne (the Edelman company he founded in 1999).

Tommy Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and potential Senate candidate, was elected chairman of the board of Stayhealthy, Inc., which offers personalized health measurement and assessment tools.

PHRMA, in an effort to reorganize, has let go four staff members: Ed Belkin, Kevin Barbour, Diedtra Henderson and Cindy Loose.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, February 28th, 2011 by Vbhotla
Cari Guittard, former executive director of Business for Diplomatic Action, is the new vice president of global affairs for the Howard Consulting Group.

Former Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) has been named senior adviser at Twenty-First Century Group.

Andrew Halataei, government affairs consultant and former Legislative Director for Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA), has joined the Information Online Pokies Technology Industry Council (ITI) as director of government relations.

Stacey L. Douglas has been selected to assume the position of Executive Director at the Used Textbook Association (UTA) Board of Directors, effective March 1.

New Mexico Democrat and one-time presidential candidate Bill Richardson has  been named as chairman of Global Political Strategies by APCO Worldwide.

Industry Moves & Changes

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 by Vbhotla

Gary Karr will join the Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) as executive vice president for public affairs.

Michael Glassner has been named senior vice president of G.R. Seppala & Associates and president of its government affairs division. Glassner had been senior vice president for external affairs at IDT Corp.

John Engler is leaving the National Association of Manufacturers to become the president of the Business Roundtable.

Jay Timmons has been named president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Marty Russo, chief executive at Cassidy & Associates, took a buyout Wednesday amid a staff shakeup at the lobbying firm.

Industry Moves & Changes

Monday, December 20th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Jackson Dunn, previously the associate director of public liaison for President Clinton, has been named to lead the public affairs practice at FD Americas.

Billy Piper, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will join Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock as a senior vice president in January.

Kimberly H. Colton, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), has joined the Sheridan Group as a senior policy and advocacy associate.

Lauri Hettinger, who until recently served as staff director for Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), has joined Holland & Knight’s Washington office as a senior policy adviser in the firm’s public policy and regulation group.

Brett Loeper, the senior executive vice president at the Advanced Medical Technology Association, is leaving to be Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) policy director.

Industry Moves & Changes

Monday, December 6th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Don Reily, a retired Army Maj. Gen. has been named vice president and director of business development at Dawson & Associates.

Erik Hotmire, former senior adviser at Securities Exchange Commission and USA Freedom Corps spokesman, is joining the Brunswick Group as director.

Terry Dale has been named president of the U.S. Tour Operators Association.

Matthew Beck, communications director and policy adviser for the Ways and Means Committee since 2005, is joining the Glover Park Group as vice president in the public affairs and marketing divisions

Matt Salt was named executive director of the Specialized Publishers Association of Vienna.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 by Vbhotla

David Tilstone has been named president of the National Tooling and Machining Association.

Scott Kamins, deputy chief of staff and director of government affairs at the Republican National Committee, has been named a director at the Prime Policy Group.

Charles Salem, chief of staff to Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), is joining Microsoft as managing director for public policy.

George Lowe, who spent four years serving as chief of staff to former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), has joined Brown Rudnick’s Washington office as a partner. Lowe will work as a lobbyist in Brown Rudnick’s government law and strategies group

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Stephen Jacobs has joined the National Association of Manufacturers as senior director for international business policy. He was previously a deputy assistant secretary at the Commerce Department

David Weiss, a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, is steping down to become president and CEO of CHF International, a development and humanitarian aid organization.

Coutney Geduldig, chief financial counsel to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is departing to be the managing director, head of federal government relations and chief counsel for Financial Services Forum.

Michael Quaranta, who until recently served as chief of staff to Rep. Michael Castle (R-Del.), has joined the Podesta Group as a partner.

Mary Streett, of Mayer Brown, has been named the Vice President of government affairs for Exelon Corporation.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Vbhotla

John Feehery has been hired as a director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates. Feehery is the president of the Feehery Group and is the editor of the Feehery Theory blog. He was the executive vice president for global government affairs at the MPAA.

Cliff Rothenstein, who had formerly worked for the Federal Highway Administration and the EPA, has joined K&L Gates as a government affairs advisor.

Charlie B. Sewell has been named senior vice president and director of Hill & Knowlton’s public affairs practice. Sewell previously served as senior vice president of government affairs at the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Sarah Rittling has been named a senior policy adviser at EducationCounsel. She previous served as counsel to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

Brooks A. Brunson was added as policy advisor in the government relations group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP. He previously was the senior director of congressional affairs for Qwest.

Industry Moves and Changes

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Jerome Murray has been named director of federal policy and government relations at Merck. Murray previously served as legislative director for Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Julie Scott Allen has been hired as government relations director in the health government relations practice of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Allen most recently was vice president and managing director at Thompson Advisory Group

Michael C. Obrock has been hired as a legislative associate with the federal relations office at the National Governors Association. Obrock was previously with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

James A McGreevy III has been promoted to senior vice president for government affairs at the American Beverage Association.

John Fuller has left Van Scoyoc Associates to work for Capitol Decisions, Inc.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, September 27th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Betsy Phillips has been named executive vice president of McBee Strategic Consulting. She previously served at the House Appropriations Committee as a professional staff member for 25 years.

Matt Thornblad has been hired as director of energy and environmental government affairs at United Technologies Corp. Thornblad previously served as legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.).

Jonathan Prince has been hired as partner at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates. Prince most recently served in the Obama administration as a deputy assistant secretary of State.

Wendy Kirchoff has been named director of federal resources and legislative affairs at the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Kirchoff previously served as legislative director for Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.).

Elizabeth Gore, a former top aide to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), has been hired by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a policy director in its government relations group.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Melissa Crow, former acting deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is the new director of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center.

Galen Reser, the chief lobbyist for PepsiCo in their DC office, will be replaced by Elizabeth Avery, Pepsi’s current VP of global public policy and government affairs. Reser was a part of Pepsi’s D.C. operations for over 19 years.

Jay B. Perron has been named government programs executive for IBM. Jay previously served as Washington political director for Representative Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Previously he worked for Valente and Associates, and most recently consulted for political affairs firm PRIsm Information Network.

Jim Eltringham has been named vice president of The Advocacy Group Inc.

Francesca Tedesco has left Pfizer to be vice president of APCO Worldwide’s health care team in Washington

Industry Moves and Changes

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Aron Griffin has joined Tenet Healthcare Corp. as director of federal affairs.

Hilary Rosen is jumping from the Brunswick Group, where she heads the Washington office, to SKDKnickerbocker.

Angelo Amador has been named vice president of labor and workforce policy at the National Restaurant Association.

Eric Wohlschlegel is American Petroleum Institute’s new director of media relations

Suzanne Zurn is now vice president, digital advocacy, for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide in D.C. Zurn most recently worked at Xenophon Strategies.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 by Vbhotla

Douglas Troutman has been promoted to senior director of government affairs at ACI. Before joining ACI, Troutman served as senior manager of legislative affairs at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. He also worked as senior manager of government relations at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and as a legislative aide to Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (D-Pa.).

Miller B. Girvin has been hired as vice president for communications for The Hawthorn Group LC, an international public affairs firm. Girvin served as a senior policy associate and lobbyist for Capitol Management Initiatives LLC. Before that, she worked as a policy assistant for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. (1987-2007).

Fruzsina M. Harsanyi is joining the Public Affairs Council as a senior adviser.

Greg Crist has been hired as vice president of public affairs at the American Health Care Association.

Industry Moves & Changes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Conrad Lass is joining the American Petroleum Institute as senior director of federal relations.

Kathleen McCann has been named director of quality and regulatory affairs for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.

Alex Mistri has been named a managing director in the government affairs practice at the Glover Park Group.

David Sanders has joined the National Community Pharmacists Association as director of federal government relations. Sanders was director of federal government affairs for Teva Pharmaceuticals. He has also worked on legislative issues for former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

Melissa Dodson Schooley has been hired as senior director of government affairs at MedTronic Inc., a medical technology company. Schooley was previously head of government affairs for Coventry Health Care. She has also served as a fellow for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight and the Courts.

Industry Moves and Changes

Monday, August 9th, 2010 by Vbhotla

De’Ana Dow has been hired as senior vice president of Ogilvy Government Relations. Dow was formerly managing director of government relations at the CME Group. She has also served as senior vice president and chief legislative counsel at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Julia Wanzco Lawless has been appointed director of the Washington office of Story Partners. Lawless was press secretary for Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine).

Daniel Barry has been promoted at the Financial Planning Association, to managing director of government relations and public policy.

Ashley Patterson has been hired as director of government relations at Ameresco. Patterson was press secretary for Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

Deborah Lee James has been promoted to executive vice president for communications and government affairs at SAIC.