Lobbying world

The Raben Group hired Michael Yudin as a principal, where he will focus on education issues. For the last six years, he has worked at the Department of Education. The firm also announced that Whitney Tome will serve as counsel and lead the firm’s new environmental initiative, and that it is bringing on Daniel Forkkio as director of finance.

Margaret Shepard is now a managing director at 1776. Prior to that, she served as executive director for communications and strategy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Rick Limardo left the National Association of Manufacturers, where he served as a director of government relations, to work on the House Ways and Means Committee as coalitions director. Limardo has also served as the chief of staff to Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio).

Wesley Theological Seminary named the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Davis as the deputy director of its newly created Center for Public Theology in Washington. Davis is a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and begins at Wesley on June 6. The Center for Public Theology puts on courses, programs and events that “examine ways that faith traditions impact policy and politics, especially in the nation’s capital.”

The March of Dimes hired Jaimie Vickery as its director of federal affairs in the group’s office of government affairs. Before that, she worked as a senior manager of federal government affairs at HMS Holdings. Vickery also has experience with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, 340B Health, Bridgepoint Education and former Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.).

Lauren Toomey left Capitol Hill last week, where she had been serving as legislative counsel to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), and started work at the Washington office of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Jessica Venable has become a managing director at McAllister & Quinn. She most recently served as the coordinator for research development services at Virginia Commonwealth University.