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The Podesta Group hired Ariel Gonzalez as a principal. His resume includes serving as the chief of government relations at the American Psychiatric Association and director of federal health and family advocacy at AARP. Gonzalez also works as a pro bono attorney for domestic violence victims and has served as a legal counsel for the elderly through AARP.

Jake Perry is leaving the lobbying firm Crossroads Strategies after three years to re-launch his own firm, Jake Perry + Partners. Before joining the private sector, Perry served as a senior political adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) and led finance operations for the campaigns of former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation Senators offer tax bill aimed at helping first responders McConnell: Midterms will be 'very challenging' for GOP MORE (D-Pa.).

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Cornerstone Government Affairs is bringing on Camila Knowles to serve as a senior vice president and counsel in the firm’s Atlanta office beginning Oct. 1. She works in the administration of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) but worked in the federal government as the top staffer to former Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.).

Gordon Gray, former U.S. ambassador to Tunisia, is joining the Center for American Progress (CAP) as its chief operating officer. He will be managing the operations for CAP and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the think tank’s advocacy arm. Gray most recently worked as the executive vice president of the U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, but also has extensive experience in senior roles at the State Department. 

• The Consumer Specialty Products Association has named Beth Ludwick as its vice president of communications and marketing. Prior to that, she worked at PR firm Crosby-Volmer International Communications, the American Association for Homecare and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Stuart Jones, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2014 to 2016, has joined the Cohen Group and lead the firm’s Middle East practice. He most recently served as the acting assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs under Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFive takeaways on the canceled Trump summit with Kim Dem lawmaker confronts Pompeo over spending cuts to diplomatic security GOP fundraiser subpoenas AP over source of leaked emails: report MORE. Jones also served as the U.S. ambassador to Jordan and other senior roles at the State Department and United Nations. 

Buckley Sandler hired Tina Tchen to lead its Chicago office. She most recently served in the Obama administration as an assistant to President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job The federal judiciary needs more Latino judges Obama plans to use Netflix deal to stop political divisiveness MORE and chief of staff to first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama plans to use Netflix deal to stop political divisiveness Michelle Obama tweets out first look at cover of new book Netflix surpasses Comcast in market value MORE. Prior to that, she worked at white-shoe law firm Skadden Arps.