Lobbying World

• Kelly Pike Poulsen and Rishi Banerjee have joined the American Frozen Food Institute and will serve as the director of government affairs and manager of regulatory and technical affairs, respectively. Poulsen held a similar position at the National Association of Home Builders, and has worked in the offices of former Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Mark Green (R-Wis.). Banerjee has experience working in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Microbial Food Safety Lab.

• Dr. Alan Balch will become chief executive of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation in July. He has been the vice president of the Preventive Health Partnership since 2006, a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

• Kimberley Claman has become the senior vice president of Citi’s international government affairs team. Based in Washington, she will focus on the banking giant’s communications with both international and U.S. governmental agencies and committees. She previously worked as the deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for financial services at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

• The American Gaming Association has brought on Geoff Freeman to become its new president and chief executive officer, effective this July. Freeman has worked at the U.S. Travel Association for the last seven years, and before that served as the vice president for issues management at APCO Worldwide and as director of government affairs and strategic outreach at Freddie Mac.

• Locke Lord has hired Seung-Ho Choe as of counsel in the firm’s corporate department in Washington, with a primary concentration on the Korea practice area. Before that, he worked as a partner at Shin & Kim in South Korea, where he represented high-profile corporate mergers. Choe has also worked as the division director at Macquarie Bank Limited in Korea, where he oversaw a $1.1 billion private-equity fund. 

• Williams Mullen has hired Knicole Emanuel for its Medicaid litigation practice in Raleigh, N.C. Prior to that, Emanuel worked for Ragsdale Liggett and also served as North Carolina assistant attorney general in the health and public assistance section.