Lobbying World


• Charu Gupta and Kimberly D. Tignor have joined the VENG Group. Gupta will become the managing partner of the forthcoming VENG office in Boston and is a former director at the Raben Group. She previously worked as an investigative journalist. Tignor, who will work as a policy associate in VENG’s Washington, D.C., office, most recently served as legislative council for the National Bar Association, where she worked on issues including voting rights, juvenile justice and the school-to-prison pipeline. Before that, Tignor served as the judicial clerk to Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield at the D.C. Superior Court.


• Jennifer N. Higgins has been hired as a principal at Tauzin Consultants LLC. Formerly, Higgins worked as a partner at Capitol Health Group LLC, where she “spent much of her time lobbying both sides of the aisle on major healthcare policy proposals.” Before that, she was senior associate at the Marwood Group, where she “advise[d] clients on the legislative and regulatory risk to all facility-based healthcare sectors.”


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• Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) has left Holland & Knight to form Ben Nighthorse Consultants with his former chief of staff in the Senate, David Devendorf. The new firm will focus on American Indian issues. Campbell worked as a senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight, while Devendorf was a senior public affairs adviser at the firm.


• Josh S. Kallmer has joined Crowell & Moring as a counsel to the firm’s International Trade Group in Washington, D.C. Before that, he worked as a deputy assistant U.S. trade representative of investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he built “U.S. foreign investment policies” and negotiated with foreign governments, as well as assisting agencies, Congress, business associations and other stakeholders in crafting policy. At Crowell & Moring, Kallmer will help clients in developing those same “international investment strategies” and offer counsel “on the implications of bilateral investment treaties and the investment provisions of free trade agreements.”