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August 11, 2014
Veteran Capitol Hill staffer Antonia Ferrier is still adjusting to her new role as a lobbyist.
The energetic former staffer is now a senior vice president at Forbes-Tate, a public policy consulting firm in D.C. Although Ferrier is excited about her new job, she said, “the Senate and the Hill will always feel a little bit like home.”
Ferrier is not able to use her Hill contacts for business yet, because staffers-turned-lobbyists are banned from contacting colleagues for one year. But she can use her experience in both chambers to advise clients about the right time to lobby lawmakers. “As a consultant you just help provide the right context, the right background, the right knowledge to help them determine whether to engage or not,” Ferrier said. Full story
July 15, 2014
Venable law firm has added yet another former Capitol Hill staffer to its practice. The firm announced Tuesday that Tom Downs, a former chief of staff and legislative aide, will be joining the firm from Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs).
Before joining Patton Boggs, Downs served as chief of staff for former Rep. George Hochbrueckner, D-N.Y. He also worked as a legislative aide for former Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, D-Minn., who chaired the House Budget Committee.
In a statement announcing the hire, Venable touted Downs as an addition to their “deep bench of Capitol Hill veterans,” which includes former Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Andrew Olmem, who was chief counsel and deputy staff director at the Senate Banking Committee during the 2008 financial crisis.
“The firm has an all-star roster of former government officials — the very advisers who understand and can guide clients through the most challenging and sensitive legislative and executive branch issues,” Downs said in a statement.
Downs also brings that insider knowledge to the table in his new position as a partner in legislative and government affairs in D.C.
According to Venable’s statement, he will be working with “government entities, corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions” on issues pertaining to congressional funding and public-private partnerships.
June 2, 2014
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has added two senior-level staff members to its government affairs division.
Jonathan Dorst, a former legislative assistant for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined GPhA as senior manager of federal government affairs. GPhA also added Hannah Green to focus on measures at the state level as senior manager of state government affairs.
The fact that both positions were open at the same time was unusual, according to Melissa Schulman, senior vice president of GPhA government affairs. However, when it came to Dorst and Green, “both had more experience than we thought we were initially going to be able to find,” Schulman said in a recent phone interview. Full story
May 16, 2014
A former Food and Drug Administration official has joined the Generic Pharmaceutical Association to strengthen the partnership between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry.
Felecia (Lisa) Tan will now serve as associate vice president for science and regulatory affairs at GPhA. Tan said in a recent phone interview that she will work “to enhance the existing bridging and collaborative efforts between the industry and the agency.”
“We are delighted that Lisa Tan has joined the GPhA staff,” GPhA CEO Ralph G. Neas said in a statement. “Her hiring demonstrates our continued commitment to making collaboration with FDA a key priority.” Full story
April 3, 2014
In a series of new hires to broaden its influence, Mercury Public Affairs announced Thursday that attorney and Republican political adviser Mark Baker is joining its team.
Baker will serve in an “of counsel” role with Mercury, working with some of the firm’s clients in an effort to expand its presence in the Northwest.
“My understanding of the culture of the Rocky Mountain West is important,” Baker told CQ Roll Call.
Currently, Baker is managing partner of his Montana law firm and serves on the National Finance Committee for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He said he will remain on the committee and “raise critical resources for the 2014 cycle.”
The “of counsel” role is not new for Baker. He worked in the same capacity for Denny Miller Associates for 15 years. Mercury approached Baker around the time that Miller closed his office last year so, Baker said, “The transition worked out well from a timing perspective.”
Baker joins fellow Montanan and former Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg at the public affairs firm. Rehberg served in Congress for more than a decade and is now co-chairman of Mercury’s D.C. office.
Baker will remain in Montana, although he plans to spend one week per month in Washington, D.C.
“Mark is a critical addition to the firm,” said Mercury Partner Vin Weber in a statement, “with impressive experience in both national and Montana politics.”