Lobbying World

• Joseph Onek has joined The Raben Group as a principal. Onek served as senior counsel to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and worked as a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Institute. Onek was also on the White House domestic policy staff, and was deputy counsel to President Carter. While in the Clinton administration, he was the senior coordinator for rule of law at the State Department and principal deputy associate attorney general at the Justice Department. He is also a former aide to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and has practiced law as a partner at Crowell & Moring.

• Stephen Rademaker will join The Podesta Group as a senior strategist. He comes to the firm from BGR Group. Rademaker was confirmed by the Senate in 2002 as an assistant secretary of State and headed various bureaus there, including the Bureau of Arms Control. He also served as policy director for national security affairs and as senior counsel to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). During the George H.W. Bush administration, Rademaker was White House associate and deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council. 

• Whitaker Lee Askew has joined the American Gaming Association as its new vice president of government affairs. Askew spent almost five years in House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-Ohio) as the executive director of The Freedom Project. Before working for Boehner, Askew was the political action committee coordinator at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

• Greg Lankler has joined Mercury as managing director of the firm’s Washington office. Lankler has been a professional staff member on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and most recently was part of the subcommittee’s Select Intelligence Oversight Panel staff. From 2003 to 2007, Lankler was in charge of the Air Force’s research, development and procurement programs. Lankler also has been a long-time aide to Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.).

• Gina Bancroft has been named interim executive director of the American League of Lobbyists by its board of directors. She has served on the group’s board, including as a vice president in 2010, and has more then 20 years of experience in federal government relations. She assumes the position after the group’s long-time former executive director, Patti Jo Baber, passed away in December after a battle with cancer.