Lobbying World

• Mia Kelly Walton is the new vice president of communications and strategy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Walton recently worked for Rolls-Royce, where she was the senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications. She has also worked for General Motors as a corporate spokeswoman and was the special assistant to the chief of staff and the associate director for media affairs under President George H.W. Bush.

 • Blue Star Strategies has hired Carlos Espinosa and Pero Jolevski as a director and an associate, respectively. Espinosa has worked for a member of the House International Relations (now Foreign Affairs) Committee as deputy chief of staff and spokesman. Jolevski comes from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a contractor on an international development project.

• Strategic Communications has opened an office in Washington. The firm, based in Syracuse, N.Y., has expanded to “support recent growth and increased demand in the capital region.” Frank Caliva III, a senior consultant for public affairs and strategy development, is the manager of the Washington office. Caliva previously worked for the Department of Commerce as a senior international trade specialist.

• Greg Page has been elected chairman of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate. Page has been the chairman and CEO of Cargill since 2007. He has worked at Cargill, which has had operations in Brazil since 1965, for 37 years in a variety of supervision roles.

• Nick Milano has come to Perkins Coie as the firm’s investment management practice of counsel. Milano leaves his position as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer for Legg Mason Capital Management. He earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

• Brenda Tranchida has joined Venable as of counsel. Tranchida previously served as the program compliance and operations group director and as director of the employer policy and operations group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also has experience working as an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Office of the General Counsel.