Lobbying World

• Anastasia “Stasia” Kelly and Michael Poulos have been named the U.S. co-managing partners at DLA Piper and will assume their new roles on Jan. 1, 2013. Kelly currently serves as a partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and finance and public company and corporate governance practices. She previously worked for American International Group (AIG), MCI/WorldCom and Fannie Mae. Poulos works as the co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Chicago office, regional chairman of the firm’s U.S. litigation practice and a member of the firm’s U.S. executive committee. 


• James Kemp has become a director of Patton Boggs’s strategic business initiatives, where he will concentrate on expanding business opportunities for the firm’s clients through a “range of business development efforts.” He is the son of the late Jack Kemp, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 1996, and co-founded the government relations and corporate affairs firm Kemp Partners.


• Linda Menghetti Dempsey has become the vice president for international economic affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). She will lead the organization’s efforts to “improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States.” She most recently served as vice president of the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT).


• Javier Sancho, Mark Tavlarides and Benjamin Chang are joining Podesta Group’s international practice. Sancho is the youngest Spanish ambassador to the Organization of American States and former chief of staff to the Spanish Foreign Minister. Tavlarides previously served as the director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council under former President Clinton. Chang most recently worked as the senior adviser for strategic planning and crisis communications at the State Department, where he developed messaging “on the ground” in Egypt, Japan, South Sudan and Libya.

• Cheryl A. Falvey will begin work as a partner in Crowell & Moring’s torts group and product risk management practice on Oct. 1. She is currently the general counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Before that, Falvey had more than 20 years of private-practice experience as a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.