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July 22, 2015

Jonathan Levy Lands at Vision Ridge Partners | Downtown Moves

Jonathan Levy has landed at Vision Ridge Partners (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

Levy has landed at Vision Ridge Partners (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

Jonathan Levy, former deputy chief of staff at the Department of Energy and policy adviser to then-Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., has left the administration for the private sector.

He is officially joined Vision Ridge Partners as director of policy and strategy on July 1, where he will focus on investments in clean technology and related markets. Levy will split his time between Washington, D.C., and the company’s headquarters in Boulder, Colo., with some additional travels along the way. Full story

July 14, 2015

Amber Marchand’s Whirlwind Year | Downtown Moves

Marchand has seen quite a few changes lately. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Marchand has seen quite a few changes lately. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s been quite a year for former Senate staffer Amber Marchand, who left her longtime professional life on Capitol Hill and a little later welcomed her third child to the world.

Marchand, a former staffer for the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Campaign and House Homeland Security Committee, moved to the Senate in 2011, where she worked for Missouri Republican Roy Blunt from the beginning of the 113th Congress until April, when she went to work at Hamilton Place Strategies as managing director. Full story

May 5, 2015

Amos Snead Shows Off His Alabama Roots

Amos Snead branches out with new firm, 'Bryant Park.' April 28, 2015 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call).

Snead branches out with his new firm, Bryant Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.

The veteran FamousDC’er has branched out to open a new PR Firm, aptly titled Bryant Row, after Paul “Bear” Bryant, the legendary Alabama football coach and Snead’s current home on Barrack’s Row. “My wife said we couldn’t name our kids after a football coach, so it ended up being the firm’s name,” he said.

Snead is an Alabama native and former Capitol Hill staffer whose résumé includes time as press secretary for Missouri Republican Roy Blunt when the senator was House majority whip and as a principal at Story Partners.

Snead shared with CQ Roll Call what he and Bryant Row will be working on, as well as the value of simple courtesies. Full story

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February 9, 2015

Summer Mersinger Stays South Dakota in D.C. | Downtown Moves

In the decade and a half since she first came to D.C., Summer Mersinger said she has seen many more women taking on leadership roles both downtown and in the Capitol.

“When I first came here, you didn’t see a lot of women in lobbyist roles,” said Mersinger, who started as an intern for former Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., while she attended University of Minnesota. “If you did, a lot of times they were setting up the meetings, but maybe they weren’t the principals involved, and I think that’s changing — which is a great thing and I hope it continues that way.”

Full story

February 3, 2015

Melanie Sloan Settles in With New Crew: Triumph Strategy

Melanie Sloan is launching a new public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call).

Melanie Sloan is launching a new public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call)

After 12 years with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as the founding executive director, building the company from a solo enterprise to a 15-person team, Melanie Sloan started the new year by launching her own public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy.

“It’s exciting work, but I am ready for new challenges,” Sloan said in an interview with CQ Roll Call. Her work will focus on communications strategies and crisis management for private, nonprofit and public sector institutions; trade associations and unions; and candidates for public office. She is already well known for drawing attention to ethical lapses on Capitol Hill, which she felt had gone unreported and occurred without consequences.

“No one was saying anything,” Sloan said. “There was an agreement that no one would take action.” Full story

January 7, 2015

Harbinger Strategies Adds Manny Rossman | Downtown Moves

Harbinger Strategies, the just-opened firm of ex-aides to Eric Cantor, has added a fourth lobbyist: Manny Rossman, a former Senate leadership staffer who was previously with the Breaux Lott Leadership Group.

Rossman began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to the late Rep. Phil Crane, R-Ill., who was a senior member of the Ways and Means panel. He later went to work for then-Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., handling his Senate Finance portfolio, and later moving into leadership. “We officially opened our doors this week,” said Steve Stombres, the former top leadership aide to then-House Majority Leader Cantor, R-Va. “It’s an exciting time for Harbinger and our four founding partners to be able to announce our mystery partner.”

Full story

December 18, 2014

Jim Gerlach Exits Congress, Enters Venable | Downtown Moves

(Scott J. Ferrell/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Scott J. Ferrell/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach is heading to Venable LLP, where the Pennsylvania Republican will join other former lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in the legislative and government affairs firm.

Gerlach joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2011, and served on the Select Revenue and Health Subcommittees during that time. With tax reform possibly high on the agenda in the 114th Congress, and Republicans in charge of both chambers, Gerlach’s experience could come in handy at Venable.  Full story

December 16, 2014

Scott Weaver to Head Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein | Downtown Moves

Weaver, center, back in the day when he first came to the Hill to work for Sullivan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Weaver, center, back in the day when he first came to the Hill to work for Sullivan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scott Weaver has been promoted to lead the day-to-day operations of the Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Weaver previously served as the firm’s senior public policy adviser and will serve as co-chair of the Practice Group along with ex-Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., who joined the firm in 2009.

Weaver said the firm has traditional strengths in government contracts, trade, health care, telecommunications and insurance. “We hope to add additional capabilities in the national security, energy, tax, oversight and investigations, and transportation sectors, as well as foreign affairs,” he said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Full story

December 9, 2014

Clark Geduldig Adds GOP Energy Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro

Catanzaro is moving on to Clark Geduldig (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Catanzaro is moving on to Clark Geduldig. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The all-GOP lobbying shop Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen is picking up a new energy policy hire with ties to House and Senate Republicans.

Mike Catanzaro, who previously handled energy and environmental issues for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and once worked as an aide on the Senate Environment and Public Works panel, will join the firm in the coming weeks. Full story

November 18, 2014

Erica Elliott Couldn’t Quit the Press | Downtown Moves

Elliott, in her new Crowell & Moring digs. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Elliott recently moved from Crowell and Moring to Franklin Square Capital Partners. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ask Erica Elliott what she’s looking forward to in her new role as vice president of public affairs for Franklin Square Capital Partners and she’ll tell you she’s excited about the future of the company she’s moving to. Give her another chance and she’ll add another reason that likely won’t surprise the Washington press corps that worked with her when she was in now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office.

She’s excited to work with journalists again.

The 31-year-old, who moved to D.C. from Atlanta in 2008 to look for a public policy job, left the Capitol halls in January, much to the dismay of her counterparts with notepads and recorders. She set up shop at Crowell and Moring, then shortly after the elections announced she was headed to Franklin Square. “I’m most looking forward to talking to reporters that cover the financial services again,” Elliott said. “You really have to know your stuff to engage with them.” Full story

October 10, 2014

Dave DenHerder Starts at FP1 Strategies | Downtown Moves

Differences between national political campaigns and corporate or public affairs campaigns are slim these days.

That’s according to Iowa native Dave DenHerder, who is settling into his new role as a partner with FP1 Strategies this week after finishing nine years at Burson-Marsteller, including his most recent position as the U.S. CEO of the firm.

“The landscape of communications, be it political communications or corporate communications is changing,” DenHerder said in a phone interview Tuesday — his first day with FP1 Strategies — before catching a flight to London. “If you think about the way that corporations or businesses are running their communications, it is very similar to the way you run a presidential campaign.”

His experience bolsters his opinion. Full story

October 6, 2014

Josh Cook Settles in at BerlinRosen | Downtown Moves

There are a lot of things that can change campaigns: Your candidate’s opponent says he “likes to fire people;” the Supreme Court upholds key parts of your candidate’s signature legislative piece; the opponent says he has “binders full of women.”

More than that, though, campaign teams need to get voters excited about the issues they think are important. For Josh Cook, the former Pennsylvania digital director for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign who became vice president of digital engagement at the New York City firm BerlinRosen in July, getting voters is one of the best parts of the job.

“You had to get people excited about any number of issues,” Cook said over the phone. “It’s not one policy, it’s not one platform … you have to get people excited about veterans’ issues, about women’s rights, about education, you name it. It’s fun, it’s a challenge every day.” Full story

September 15, 2014

Lobbyist Thomas H. Boggs Jr. Dies at Age 73

Boggs died of an apparent heart attack (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Boggs died of an apparent heart attack (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Thomas Boggs Jr., partner at Patton Boggs, a major lobbying firm in Washington, died Monday at the age of 73.

The Washington Post first reported the news that Boggs died at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. Boggs’ sister, journalist Cokie Roberts, told the Post that her brother died of an apparent heart attack.

Boggs joined Patton Boggs as a partner in 1966 and became one of the must influential lawyers and lobbyists in Washington. His firm merged earlier this year with Squire Sanders to become Squire Patton Boggs.

Journalist Carl Bernstein wrote in 1998 that Boggs was “Washington’s premier agent of influence.”

Boggs’ family has been influential in Washington since the mid-20th Century. His father, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., served in Congress for nearly 60 years and was the House majority leader until his disappearance while on a flight to Alaska in 1972. Following her husband’s death, Corinne Claiborne “Lindy” Boggs joined the House, where she served for more than 15 years. She died last year.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, whose father, Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, was on the same fateful Alaska plane as the senior Boggs, released the following statement about the junior Boggs’ death: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of respected lawyer and advocate Tommy Boggs. Our two families have known each other for a long time and have been through much together.  Tommy was a larger than life personality in the nation’s Capitol, yet was gracious and generous and visited Alaska at my invitation. My family will always have a special connection to the Hale Boggs family, including the late Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. Deborah and I will be keeping them in our thoughts.”

Boggs made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1970. But since then he has wielded considerable power in Washington. Patton Boggs now employs nearly 350 lawyers around the world. Boggs himself represented dozens of corporations, state and foreign governments and trade associations.

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September 8, 2014

Niger Innis Hopes to Expand Tea Party Base and Influence | Downtown Moves

With an eye on looming legislative battles over immigration, the Export-Import Bank and foreign policy, Niger Innis is on a mission to prove that the tea party is still a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill.

“Liberals and GOP political elites alike have simultaneously assailed the tea party movement as racist, radical, and now irrelevant,” Innis said in a July statement announcing that he is the new executive director of, one of the country’s largest tea party organizations.

An African-American man raised in Harlem, Innis plans to prove those commentators wrong by promoting an inclusive message. Full story

August 11, 2014

Antonia Ferrier Settles Into New Role at Forbes-Tate | Downtown Moves

Ferrier, at her new Forbes-Tate digs downtown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ferrier, at her new Forbes-Tate digs downtown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

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