Lobbying World

• Bryan Tackett has formed a new legislative affairs and consulting firm called Wexford Strategic Advisors Inc. that will collaborate with various firms and Washington figures. The firm plans to work with former Canadian Ambassador Paul Frazer and Democratic strategist Patrick Murphy. Tackett will also serve as a senior adviser to the Potomac Bridge Group.

• The National Foreign Trade Council has hired James Wilkinson to become vice president for strategy and growth. Wilkinson, who will join the organization on April 15, currently serves as the executive director of the Washington International Trade Association, a post he has held for a decade.

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• The Sierra Club hired Melissa Williams to become the organization’s national political director. She has held a similar position at the nonprofit EMILY’s List, serving as the organization’s deputy director of its WOMEN VOTE! political program. Before that, Williams worked as a consultant at SS+K in Washington, D.C.

• Jessica Ennis has become the senior vice president of FP1 Strategies. She was the deputy director of operations for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and has also served at the Republican National Committee.

• Venn Strategies has hired Tim Carey to become the firm’s vice president and Alex Ford as an associate. Carey worked as the legislative director to Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and deputy legislative director for Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.). Ford is a former aide to former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

• Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has joined the board of directors for medical device company Eniware LLC. The Washington, D.C.-based company makes “portable, power-independent medical instrument sterilization,” according to a release. Steele is former Maryland lieutenant governor and co-founder of the public relations firm Purple Nation Solutions.

• Polsinelli Shughart PC is shortening its name to Polsinelli PC. The change will become effective in late April. Since being established 40 years ago, the firm has had multiple names, including Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus.

• The Podesta Group has formed Global Solutions, a strategies firm focused on international work. Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhán will serve as the chairman.