Lobbying World

• Phil English has joined Arent Fox as a senior government relations adviser. English is a former GOP lawmaker who represented Pennsylvania’s 3rd district from 1995 to 2009. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was the ranking member on the House Subcommittee of Select Revenue Measures in the last Congress.

• 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.

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• Chris Policano has been hired by AFSCME as its new public affairs director. Policano has held top communications posts at the New York City Council, the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, Phoenix House Foundation and AFSCME District Council 37 in New York City.

• 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.