Lobbying World

•Joel Ario has joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as managing director for Manatt Health Solutions. Ario was most recently at the Health and Human Services Department, where he was director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges. Before that, he was the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner, Oregon insurance administrator and a member of the executive committee at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

•Benjamin Rosenbaum has come to Cassidy & Associates as an associate. Rosenbaum formerly served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.). Before that, he worked for the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel as national conference coordinator.

•Joanna Kuebler has created JKueb Consulting, a firm that provides “expert writing services, message development and communications planning.” Before that, Kuebler was director of the Global Campaign for Education. She has also worked for Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell Brown'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision Dems call on DeVos to work with CFPB to protect student borrowers MORE (D-Ohio) as communications director.

•Areta Kupchyk has joined Nixon Peabody as a partner. Kupchyk leaves Reed Smith, where she was a partner. She has previously worked as associate chief counsel for drugs and biologics and as assistant general counsel for litigation at the Food and Drug Administration. Before that, she worked as an assistant state attorney general in Maryland.

•Burleigh Leonard is joining Prime Policy Group as a senior consultant. Leonard founded and is president and CEO of Burleigh Leonard & Co. He served as a special assistant to former President Ronald Reagan and as executive secretary for the President’s Cabinet Council on Food and Agriculture. He also worked for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry as a senior professional staff member.

•BerlinRosen Public Affairs has hired Stephanie Mueller and Ben Wyskida. Mueller starts this week as a senior vice president in the National Issue Advocacy Practice and director of the company’s Washington office. She previously worked for the Obama administration as a senior communications official. Wyskida will also be a senior vice president in the National Issue Advocacy Practice at the firm. He will start Jan. 1, leaving his position as a communications executive for The Atlantic Philanthropies.