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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 ReidSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Don’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Nev.) and led finance operations for the campaigns of former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyCongress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds 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 TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation 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 ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE and chief of staff to first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama launches voter registration initiative ahead of midterms: report Dems look for candidate who will punch Trump ‘square in the face’ Queen Elizabeth wore brooch from Obamas on the day Trump arrived in the UK: reports MORE. Prior to that, she worked at white-shoe law firm Skadden Arps.