Lobbying World

• The Natural Products Association has named former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Daniel Fabricant as its newest chief executive officer. He most recently served as the director of the FDA’s division of dietary supplement programs. Fabricant has worked previously at the trade group for natural products, which includes food and dietary supplements, and served as its vice president of global government and scientific affairs and briefly as its active chief executive.  

• The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (the EMK Institute) has named Maureen O. Grieco as the vice president of development. Grieco has a decade of experience in managing major gift fundraising for large organizations and most recently served as the philanthropic adviser for the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The EMK says it is “dedicated to studying and exploring how our government and the Senate works — and how it can work better.”

• Law firm Arnold & Porter has promoted four people to counsel in its Washington office: David Fauvre, a member of the business litigation group, has a practice that includes complex commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and business and political law counseling. Kevin Cline is a member of the firm’s product liability group. Stefanie Alfonso-Frank is a member of the firm’s telecommunications, Internet, and media practice and represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission. And Sara Zogg is part of the intellectual property group at the firm. 

Karen Sanzaro has rejoined Alston & Bird as a counsel in its technology and privacy group in Washington. She is also a member of the firm’s privacy and security task force and its security incident management and response team. Sanzaro specializes her practice in “sophisticated privacy and security issues,” the firm says, in addition to advising clients “in all aspects of global outsourcing transactions and other strategic technology and services procurement initiatives.” She also previously worked at the law firm Hunton & Williams.


Quarles & Brady named Gerald C. Wells a partner in its corporate services practice group in the national firm’s Washington office. Before that, he worked as a partner in DLA Piper’s Atlanta office. Wells specializes in “franchising, licensing, distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.”