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On the Move

P eople in ne w roles shaping t he debat e in Washington


Brandi Wilson White

Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical
Company is shipping more of its plastics, fibers and polymers to fast-growing markets such as Chinas, so the company is focusing more on trade policy in Congress and the administration. To that end, Brandi Wilson White, policy adviser and counsel to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from neighboring Kentucky, has joined Eastmans Washington government FINANCIAL SERVICES relations office as a lobbyist. Eastman, which spun off from Eastman Kodak in 1994, bought the specialty chemicals manufacturer Solutia, based in Missouri, earlier this year to increase its business in the Asia-Pacific region. It also may do more trade in other markets such as Brazils and Turkeys. White, 34, worked in McConnells leadership office for five years as his liaison to

other GOP Senate staff members on ways to navigate floor procedure and strategy, if their boss was trying to get an amendment on the floor or trying to get a vote on an amendment or just trying to understand whats the strategy or the floor procedure. She then would bring those priorities back to McConnell in hopes of integrating those into the Republican leadership agenda. Among Whites issues at Eastman will be a possible overhaul of the tax code, legislation to develop national building energy codes, an overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, the Securities and Exchange Commissions efforts to write new rules for money market funds and issues around the export of natural gas. Before working for McConnell, White was briefly a presidential appointee at the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration, working in the departments office of legal policy, where she dealt with drug policy issues and judicial nominations. From 2005 to 2006, White also worked on nominations in her first Washington job as deputy chief counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican. White is originally from eastern Tennessee, just a few hours drive from her new employers Kingsport headquarters near the Tennessee-Kentucky border. She has two young boys, whom she had in mind while looking for jobs with more family-friendly schedules. K r i st i n C oy n e r

Tod Burwell
BAFT-IFSA, an association of banks engaged in international cash management and trade finance, has promoted Tod Burwell as its new president and CEO. He had been senior vice president for trade products for a year and a half. Burwell wants to recruit more banks outside the United States as members, and he is drumming up growth in BAFT-IFSAs regional councils and coalitions

with other international banking groups. Whats of interest to banks in one region may be very different than whats of interest to banks in a different region, says Burwell, 45. So far weve focused on issues that are common for banks around the world. BAFT-IFSA has worked with the European Parliament and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on its Basel III standards, while in the United States the association advocated for reauthorization of the ExportImport Bank and is watching the implementation of the 2010 financial regulatory law.

Before BAFT-IFSA, Burwell was a managing director at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Aaron Klein The Treasury Departments

deputy assistant secretary for economic policy and policy coordination, Aaron Klein, has moved to the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he is helping develop a plan for improving implementation of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. Klein was chief economist for Democratic members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee before joining Treasury in 2009. At Treasury, he

worked on the Dodd-Frank law, along with housing and transportation and infrastructure finance issues. Ive seen Dodd-Frank from a lot of different perspectives, says Klein, 36. This was a chance to see whats working and what could be improved. The center launched its financial regulatory reform initiative this month with co-chairmen Martin Neil Baily, a chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton administration, and Phillip L. Swagel, a Treasury assistant secretary for economic policy during the George W. Bush administration.

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Kenneth Baer
a senior adviser and associate director
for communications and strategic planning at the Office of Management and Budget since the start of the Obama administration in 2009, Kenneth Baer has moved to the Harbour Group, a public affairs firm, where he is a managing director. Baer outlasted two OMB directors Peter R. Orszag and Jacob J. Lew, now White House chief of staff and says he learned that the group would be a good fit for him through talking to Richard Mintz, the Transportation Departments director of public affairs during the Clinton administration and now a Harbour Group managing director. Harbour Group is small, and most staff members are in senior positions, much like Baers workplace experience at OMB. The group handles public relations and runs issue campaigns for clients that include trade groups, companies and foreign governments, although Baer says he wont work for other countries. Baer left OMB in July to run the Democratic National Conventions speechwriting operation in Charlotte, N.C. His old job has been taken over by Steven Posner, who was communications director for Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee. The chairman, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, is retiring this year. Baer ran his own communications and policy-consulting firm from 2001 to 2009. During that time, he co-founded Democracy, a quarterly liberal journal. Baer, 40, was also a senior speechwriter


Scott Hatch
A one-time floor assistant to Texan
Tom DeLay when he was House Republican Whip, Scott Hatch, has left the boutique lobbying firm he founded in 2001 to join the lobbying practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a Los Angeles-based law firm. The practice is chaired by former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee executive director James Bonham, who also hired former Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a California Democrat, in August. Hatch was executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2000, and afterward he worked with nonprofit and defense clients while on his own he was the lead lobbyist for the antipoverty foundation set up by U2 lead singer Bono in the early 2000s. At Manatt, Hatch will focus on doing business for universities and colleges.

for Democratic Vice President Al Gore and a special assistant and speechwriter for William Kennard when he chaired the Federal Communications Commission.

Bill McQuillen Trade and labor reporter Bill McQuillen

has left journalism to join JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm based in Washington and Charleston, S.C. McQuillen worked at Bloomberg News for more than 15 years, covering policy developments in the White House and on Capitol Hill. JDA is know for its Republican leanings, having been founded by former Republican National Committee communications director Jim Dyke and with Mitt Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden serving as an executive vice president. Before writing about trade and labor, McQuillen, 37, covered the Justice Department and economic and domestic policy during the second term of President George W. Bush. During the 2004 presidential election he was a Bloomberg pool reporter for both the Bush campaign and the campaign of Democratic challenger John Kerry.
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Mike Hogan After almost two years as a lobbyist for

Ogilvy Government Relations, which is owned by British advertising and public relations company WPP, Mike Hogan has left for Blank Rome Government Relations, the bipartisan lobbying arm of mega-law firm Blank Rome. Hogan, a deputy chief of staff for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska from 2008 to 2010, is now a principal at Blank Rome. Before working for Nelson, Hogan, 47, was an aide to Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Florida Democrat, from 1993 to 1995. In between jobs with Deutsch and Nelson, Hogan worked for the American Health Care Association and set up the Washington office of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

John Weinfurter Witt Associates, the public safety and

crisis management firm founded by James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Clinton administration, recently hired four new lobbyists, led by former House Democratic aide John Weinfurter. Weinfurter, 50, had been with the boutique lobbying firm KSCW Public Policy Advocates since 2003. For 20 years he was chief of staff to Rep. Joe Moakley, a Massachusetts Democrat who served from 1973 to 2001. When he left Capitol Hill in 1997, Weinfurter joined the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute as president and chief executive. | OCTOBER 29, 2012 | CQ WEEKLY


John Barsa
Missouri-based MRIGlobal, a nonprofit that does national security research for government and industry, recently added John Barsa as first vice president of government relations. Like other government contractors, MRIGlobal is watching the possibility of automatic spending cuts in January, and Barsa expects to spend a lot of time before the
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congressional committees that focus on research and development funding, lobbying for access to funding for nonprofits. We want to even the playing field when it comes to access to federal R&D opportunities, he says. Right now, certain opportunities come out that only university-affiliated research centers and federally funded research and development centers have access to. Barsa, 46, previously ran his own consulting firm. Before that, he worked for General Dynamics, the Homeland Security Department and NASA, among others.