Lobbying World

• Douglas Proxmire has left Squire Patton Boggs to join the government contracts group in Venable’s Washington and Northern Virginia offices, where he will serve as a partner. He is the son of the late Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.).

• The American Educational Research Association (AERA) will have Juliane Baron as its new director of government relations, beginning Wednesday. Prior to that, she served as the deputy director of government and public affairs for eight years. Baron has also held senior roles at the Social Policy Action Network and the Population Resource Center. 

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• The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) named Ieva M. Augstums as its deputy vice president of communications and public affairs. She begins that role Wednesday. Before that, she worked at the bipartisan public affairs firm Purple Strategies, as a communications director for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and as a journalist for The Dallas Morning News and The Associated Press. 

• Alston & Bird hired a former aide to Rep. Steve WomackSteve WomackStudents across the country spend their 'summer recess' getting involved in politics After the balloons have fallen Obscure lawmaker thwarts Never Trump movement MORE (R-Ark.), Chris Huffaker, as a member of the firm’s legislative and public policy group. As Womack’s legislative director, he led the congressman’s legislative team and counseled Womack on issues regarding his role on the House Appropriations Committee. Huffaker faces a cooling-off period, before he is able to lobby his former House colleagues. 

• Adam Finney returned to the Natural Products Association as its senior vice president of member services. He most recently spent four years as the vice president of membership and communications at the Food Processing Suppliers Association, but he spent a decade as the Natural Products Association’s vice president of member services prior to that.

• The PR firm Golin hired Neal Flieger to manage its Washington, D.C., Richmond, Va., and Baltimore offices. In addition to his role as a managing director, he will also serve as an executive director for client strategy. He previously spent two decades at Edelman, including leading its research firm, StrategyOne. Before that, he served as the deputy administrator of the USDA’s Food and Consumer Service agency during the Clinton administration.