Lobbying World

• An aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Regulation: Trump administration reveals first regulatory agenda | GOP lawmakers introduce measures to repeal arbitration rule | Exxon gets M fine for sanctions violation Overnight Healthcare: CBO predicts 22M would lose coverage under Senate ObamaCare replacement OPINION | GOP healthcare attack is a vendetta against President Obama MORE (R-Ky.) will be joining the K Street firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck on June 12. Brian McGuire, who has been McConnell’s chief of staff since November 2014, will serve as a policy director in Brownstein’s government relations department in its Washington office. McGuire had also served as a speechwriter and deputy communications director for McConnell, and worked for a year as the chief speechwriter for Alphonso Jackson when he served as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the George W. Bush administration.

• Capitol Counsel hired Bob Brooks away from the Alpine Group, and he will begin in his new gig as partner on June 1. While at the Alpine Group, Brooks led the firm’s tax practice. He formerly served as chief of staff to former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), who also works at Capitol Counsel. Brooks has also worked as a GOP campaign operative for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee’s presidential campaign team.

• Directors Guild of America (DGA) has named Erica Jacquez as an executive in charge of government affairs, taking responsibility for the group’s federal advocacy. She will also oversee its political action committee and manage the DGA PAC leadership council. Jacquez is succeeding Kathy Garmezy, and she previously served as the associate vice president of government relations at AltaMed Health Services. She has been both a White House aide in the Office of Management and Budget and a staffer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

• Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is bringing on Caroline Krass, former general counsel of the CIA as a partner in the firm’s Washington office. She is slated to co-chair Gibson Dunn’s national security practice group.