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• Danielle Abe will become executive director of the American League of Lobbyists on Jan. 1, 2012. Abe currently works at the National School Transportation Association as the director of marketing and operations. She previously worked as an account executive at AmericanEagle.com and as a marketing and membership manager at the United Motorcoach Association.

• Nate Hurst has joined Hewlett-Packard to be the director of global environmental and energy policy on the government affairs team. Hurst most recently served as Wal-Mart’s director of sustainability, public affairs and government relations. His previous experience includes working as the Ocean Conservancy’s national spokesman and serving on the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Clinton administration.

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• Jonathan Sender has been hired by Venn Strategies to be vice president, and will split time between the firm’s Washington headquarters and a new office in Madison, Wis. Sender is the former director of federal relations and strategic communications for the University of Wisconsin’s academic health system. He previously worked as state director for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and as executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

• Marygrace Galston joined New Partners to be a senior member of the consulting practice. Galston most recently worked as the senior policy adviser and White House liaison for the Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, she worked as deputy state director for Iowa and then as the National Campaign for Change director for the Obama presidential campaign. Galston has also overseen field efforts for Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

• The American Capitol Group’s James Link and firm affiliate Tom Dawson have created the National Coalition of Healthcare Providers. The coalition is a new advocacy organization that will represent small healthcare practices during and after the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Members so far include the American Osteopathic Association, the American Dental Association and the Association of Community Pharmacists Congressional Network.


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