Browner back to Albright shop as post-White House roles expand

The Obama administration, during Browner’s tenure, enacted green initiatives including joint auto mileage and greenhouse gas standards, and boosted spending on clean energy programs through the big 2009 stimulus law.

But the White House failed to win traction for climate change legislation, which collapsed in the Senate last year, prompting anger from some environmentalists who felt the administration didn’t put enough political muscle into the fight.

Albright is one of three chairs of the firm, which stems from the 2009 merger of The Albright Group and Stonebridge International.

Browner is one of two ASG hires announced Monday aimed at bolstering the firm’s energy and environment practice.

Ian Bowles, who served as secretary of energy and environmental affairs for the state of Massachusetts, is joining ASG as a senior director.

Bowles also has White House experience.

From 1999-2001, he was senior director of global environmental affairs at the National Security Council and associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Albright’s firm also announced Monday that Richard Verma, who served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs in the Obama administration, is coming aboard as an outside counselor.

Verma, a partner at the firm Steptoe & Johnson, is also a former adviser on national security to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

He will work on trade, regulatory and other issues and “draw upon his two decades of experience in the foreign policy and national security arenas,” according to ASG’s Monday announcement.