Lobbying World

Julie Brill, who on Tuesday announced her retirement from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is joining the law and lobby firm Hogan Lovells. She begins on April 1 and will serve as a partner and co-director of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice. Brill was nominated as an FTC commissioner in 2010 and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. 

Allison Nyholm has been named a director at Steptoe & Johnson. Prior to that, she coordinated legislative and policy priorities for the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee on behalf of Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Dem rep to launch discharge petition to force net neutrality vote in House Hillicon Valley: Senate votes to save net neutrality | Senate panel breaks with House, says Russia favored Trump in 2016 | Latest from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower | Lawmakers push back on helping Chinese tech giant MORE (R-Alaska), the panel’s chairwoman.  

James Gelfand, the director of federal affairs at the March of Dimes, will take over as senior vice president for health policy at the ERISA Industry Committee. He succeeds Gretchen Young, who is retiring. 

• The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) shuffled its government affairs team, promoting three. Reilly O’Connor, the group’s new head lobbyist, has been with the organization for nine years. He will serve as the vice president and head of federal affairs and policy, managing a six-person team. Catherine McDaniel, who has been with the organization since 2007, has become a vice president of federal affairs, tasked with managing the group’s PAC and grassroots activities, in addition to lobbying Congress. Ali Prolago Gormley is now the director of federal affairs. Prior to joining the wholesalers group, she worked for Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio). WSWA will also be filling other positions, including a director of federal affairs and a coordinator of federal affairs. 

• Strategic communications and public affairs firm HDMK has hired GOP strategist Julie Cram as a partner. Before that, she had her own advisory firm but also previously worked in the George W. Bush White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of the public liaison.

Peter Jacoby, who left AT&T in 2014 for UnitedHealth Group, will be returning to the telecommunications company on April 1. He will serve as AT&T’s vice president of federal relations and director of legislative strategy.