By The Hill Staff - 04/21/09 06:51 PM EDT
• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hired Scott J. Eckart and Jason Matthews as directors of its congressional and public affairs divisions. Eckart worked for the Democratic Leadership Council as vice president of federal affairs and also was an aide for several campaign committees, including the Kerry/Edwards New Mexico Victory 2004 Coordinated Campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Matthews served as chief of staff for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). He also was a legislative assistant, legislative director and deputy chief of staff for Landrieu.
• Shirley Bloomfield has joined Verizon as its new vice president of federal government relations. Bloomfield spent nearly two years at Qwest and also ran the advocacy shop at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association before that. She was an aide to several congressmen, including Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.).
• The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations has added David Romo as director of government relations/policy and Sarah McKinley as special projects director. Romo is a former legislative assistant to Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas). McKinley completed her master’s degree in city and regional planning at Cornell University.
• Tully Cornick has joined Higher Education for Development as its new executive director. Cornick recently worked at the United States Agency for International Development, where he served as acting deputy assistant administrator and acting senior deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.