Lobbying World

Jeff Farrah on Monday stepped into his new role as the vice president of government relations at the National Venture Capital Association. He previously served as counsel to Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneSenate panel won’t vote on bill to boost ethanol Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan McCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty MORE (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Donald Lamson has been named of counsel in the Washington office of Squire Patton Boggs. Prior to that, he was a partner at Shearman & Sterling, and he spent 30 years as a senior lawyer within the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Squire Patton Boggs has also hired Meg Gilley to serve as an advisor in its public
policy group. She comes from the American College of Surgeons, where she served as a congressional lobbyist.

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Story Partners hired  Kathy Jeavons as a senior vice president of public affairs. She most recently served as a partner and director of the corporate and public affairs practice at Ketchum’s Washington office.  At Ketchum, her clients included the World Economic Forum, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Ecuador, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) and Delta, where she led the campaign to fight a takeover bid by US Airways.

Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder will be joining Cozen O’Connor’s Washington office on Feb. 1. She will be serving as a member of its criminal defense and internal investigations practice. Prior to that, she worked at Dickstein Shapiro. 

Tom Rivera, an aide to Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTime is now to address infrastructure needs Tom Steyer testing waters for Calif. gubernatorial bid Another day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs MORE (D-Calif.), has left to become a legislative affairs specialist at NASA, according to congressional tracking website Legistorm. 

Total Spectrum, a public affairs firm with outposts in Washington and Phoenix, hired Fred Palmer as a partner. He previously served as the senior vice president of government relations for Peabody Energy and most recently worked as a special advisor to the Office of Peabody’s Executive Chairman. He will split time between Washington and Arizona.

Cornerstone Government Affairs hired Todd Webster as a vice president. Webster most recently served as the chief of staff to Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsDemocrats go in for the kill on ObamaCare repeal Funeral for the filibuster: GOP will likely lay Senate tool to rest Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief MORE (D-Del.), a position he held for five years. Prior to that, he had formed his own public affairs firm and worked in communications for former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayLawmakers send McCain well wishes after cancer diagnosis Trump labor board nominees advance in Senate Dems tout failure of GOP healthcare bill MORE (D-Wash.).