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 ThuneSelf-driving cars: The next great leap in automotive safety Overnight Tech: Senate panel poised to advance email privacy bill Senators to House: FAA reauthorization would enhance airport security 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.

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 BoxerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Sen. Boxer fires back at Sanders aide: 'He wasn't there' Sanders aide questions Boxer's story about fearing for her safety 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 CoonsDems: Warren ready to get off sidelines Dems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Wildlife crime bill deserves unanimous consent in Congress 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 MurrayFeds can learn lessons from states about using data to inform policy Lawmakers blast poultry, meat industries over worker injuries Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds MORE (D-Wash.).