Lobbying World

• Ryan Modlin has been promoted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to vice president of government relations. Before joining NAM in 2007, Modlin was an aide to Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and also worked on several of his reelection campaigns. Modlin will be responsible for developing the trade group’s strategy for outreach to President Obama, the new administration and the 111th Congress.

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• Israel “Izzy” Klein will be joining the Podesta Group as a principal in February. Klein is deputy staff director for communications for the Joint Economic Committee, led by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Klein started work with Schumer as his communications director. Before arriving in the Senate, Klein served in positions for Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), such as political director, national finance director and press secretary.

• Karen Harbert has been named by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as president and chief executive officer of the Institute for 21st Century Energy. Harbert joined the Chamber in March 2008 as executive vice president and managing director of the institute. She has served as assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the Department of Energy and also was vice chairwoman of the International Energy Agency.

• Jessica Johnson Bennett has been hired by the National Corn Growers Association as director of public policy in its Washington office. Bennett has worked for several trade associations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in political science and public relations and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Georgetown University in social and public policy.

• Chuck Rosenberg has been hired by Hogan & Hartson as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice in the Washington office. Rosenberg was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He has also served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas and in several senior positions at the Department of Justice, including chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Jim Comey.

• John DeQ Briggs has joined Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider as the managing partner of the firm’s Washington office and co-chairman of its antitrust group. Briggs was the chairman of Howrey’s antitrust practice. He has been chairman of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law and has tried cases in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States.

• Marti Thomas is joining the Duberstein Group. Thomas was a vice president in Goldman Sachs’s Washington office and has also worked for Quinn Gillespie & Associates. She served as assistant secretary for legislative affairs and public liaison and assistant secretary for tax and budget for the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration. Prior to working at Treasury, Thomas was a senior aide for then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.).