BGR Group picks up Obama official

BGR Group, a largely Republican public affairs firm, has hired an official who served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Maya Seiden spent five years at the State Department, most recently serving as the chief of staff to the deputy secretary of State.

It’s a strategic move for the GOP firm, which only has two other Democratic lobbyists on staff.

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“Maya brings great expertise and excellent outreach to BGR. Her Democratic roots and her outstanding service in Democratic administrations will offer fresh perspective for BGR,” said the firm’s founding partner, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “I look forward to working with her.”

During the Clinton administration, Seiden worked as the special assistant to the secretary of Energy and the special assistant to the White House Cabinet secretary.

In addition to her government work, she has also held positions at New York University, global investment company BlackRock and a New York public affairs firm.

“Maya’s experience in government, politics and business will make her an important addition to BGR starting on day one,” said Ed Rogers, BGR’s chairman.

She “will be engaged in all aspects of the firm’s activities – government relations, public relations and commercial transactions, especially on the international front,” he said.